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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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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Djangologie @ King’s Hall. October 2

Mick Shoulder (double bass), Emma Fisk (violin), James Birkett (guitar) & Giles Strong (guitar).
(Review by Russell).
The first lunchtime concert performance of the new academic year in King’s Hall. It couldn’t have got off to a better start. The place was packed to the rafters (that’s real   Old School rafters) and fresh-faced first year students in attendance were blown way listening to Djangologie. Wow! These guys are so cool  they said to themselves.

A female guitar student sat two rows from the front. I love Gypsy jazz she said. Bebop Spoken Here wondered if she had previously heard Djangologie. She said she hadn’t. Well, our guitar student was in for a treat. Blues for DR, Swing 39, who could ask for anything more?
Monsieur Mick Shoulder cheekily dismissed ‘70’s housewife favourite’ Sacha Distel, suggesting the Frenchman crooned ‘quite tunelessly’. Monsieur Shoulder was quick to acknowledge him as a fine jazz guitarist. Indeed he was. Check out Monsieur Distel’s jazz chops with John Lewis on the recent vinyl reissue Afternoon in Paris. So, Distel’s Ma Premiere Guitare proved a point; the man could compose (and play), if  not sing!
Cigano Bolero (comp. M.Shoulder) has rightly become a fixture in the set, featuring, as it does, rhythm king Giles Strong taking the lead. James Birkett played a blinder – what’s new? Emma Fisk – is there anyone finer? Nope! You will not hear better.
After the opening number a group of young (primary school) students filed-in, sat on the floor and were transfixed by the music and, quite possibly, perplexed as to how an adult could have such poor command of the French language (Monsieur Shoulder!). Joking aside, the kids from Moorside Community Primary School in Arthur’s Hill loved it!
As a finale, Mire Pral segued into Le Yeux Noir. It works every time – thunderous applause, encore won. Trés bon!   

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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