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Bebop Spoken There

Vadim Neselovskyi, Professor of Jazz Piano, Berklee College of Music: “Every pianist has to deal with a very complex left-hand part at some point. This is the essential pianistic experience – to split your brain into two halves and execute two very different tasks at the same time.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Roscoe Mitchell: “To me, improvisation is trying to improve your skills so you can make these on-point compositional decisions. That takes practice.” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474. Doors 7pm. £7.
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ruth Lambert sings the Great North Songbook @ The Jazz Café. June 20

Ruth Lambert Trio: Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
No Moon at All, I’ve Got the World on a String, Ruth Lambert had the audience wrapped around her little finger. And what an audience! ‘Bijou’ said Lambert, ‘select’, but how attentive, hanging on every note. ‘Nowhere to hide’ confessed our Songbook Superstar.
Those Great North songwriters Lambert, Shoulder and Strong previewed material from a soon-to-be-released first album: Love That Never Dies (comp. Lambert), Everything Was Beautiful (comp. Strong), How Could I? (comp. Shoulder), So Tell Me and Lullaby. All stood comparison with more familiar GAS Book favourites including Time After Time, Beautiful Love (Lambert toying with the lyric), Taking a Chance on Love and one of Lambert’s signature songs - Skylark.

Lambert sang the blues (an all-blues set would be interesting!) hitting us with Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You? accompanied by Giles Strong. Bonnie Raitt’s Love Me Like a Man followed (a demanding lot these blues women!). Mick Shoulder (composer, accompanist, soloist) played tastefully throughout showing once again why he is in demand across the scene. He can be heard next week at the Jazz Café in a duo with pianist Dean Stockdale. 
Ruth Lambert is one of our finest singers. Hearing her sing is a joy.       

Russell.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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