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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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lyndsay Hannon Plus @ The Cherry Tree, September 8

Lyndsay Hannon (vocals), John Pope (bass), James Harrison (piano), Dave McKeague (drums).
(Review by JC)
'Life is a bowl of cherries' as someone once said but at the Cherry Tree it's even more than that - delicious cheese souffle, thinly sliced rare fillet of beef, and seasonal sea trout - and, on this occasion, Lyndsay Hannon Plus as well. Hannon and the band opened with Joni Mitchell's The Hissing of Summer Lawns, which is one of my favourites, but some loud residual chatter from a large table interfered with the sound a little bit. However, as the band got into it's stride this diminished and then some delightful versions of Why Try to Change Me Now with it's slowed down middle section and I Can't Escape from You with a elegant bass solo and delicate piano ornamentation had everybody paying attention. The band upped the tempo with a swinging I Can't Give You Anything But Love that showcased James Harrison's piano playing.
Lyndsay Hannon then sang a lovely version of Old Fashioned Hat (which, like some of the other pieces, is on the band's recent album The Spy) at the end of which she leaned louchely against the piano drawing comment from John Pope, to which she responded languidly 'If it wasn't for the olives in my martinis, I'd starve to death'. A quote from Mae West, according to my dining companion, and we hadn't expected her. This was turning into an exciting show!
A rocking version of Bye, Bye Blackbird followed, with lots of fine vocal improvisation from Hannon. Nature Boy began with a strikingly spare drums and voice combination before the piano and bass joined in with some tasty bossa nova licks.
The second half began with just the trio playing and they demonstrated their fine musical abilities on C Jam Blues and Take the 'A' Train.Lyndsay Hannon then returned to the stage to sing I Only Have Eyes For You, Skylark and Moonlight in Vermont. And John Pope got in one of his expert bass solos. A request from the audience for Blue Motel Room resulted in an exquisite rendition of the beautiful Joni Mitchell song (but can someone explain what 'boom boom pachyderms' are and what are they doing in the room?).
The set finished off with the band rocking out on So Nice to Come Home To with everyone getting a solo spot. A very good night with a fine band and we returned home with a copy of The Spy album to keep us well entertained.
JC

1 comment :

  1. JC The dictionary says that a pachyderm is a hoofed animal which doesn't chew the cud, eg a horse. But it can also mean a thick-skinned person, so that meaning might help (or not).
    Ann Alex

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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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