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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Be Quick, Quigley at Sage Gateshead!

(Preview by Russell).
Quick, book now for the Hebrides Ensemble this Thursday. Ostensibly a classical event, there is much to attract the jazz fan.  Based in Scotland, the virtuosi take an innovative approach to classical composition, performing commissioned work (an impressive list of ‘names’ have been keen to work with them – Sally Beamish and James MacMillan amongst them) and like to ‘put on a show.’
On Thursday six pieces will be performed in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall at Sage Gateshead. The American literary and musical landscape will loom large and, astonishingly, Elvis will be in the building! Darius Milhaud’s Suite op 1576 begins the programme (Dave Brubeck was a star student of the composer), soprano Claron McFadden takes to the stage to sing three pieces; Thomas Adès’ Life Story (text by Tennessee Williams), Stephen Montague’s Wild Nights (poet Emily Dickinson the inspiration) and Leonard Bernstein’s musical adaptation of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.
The centrepiece of the evening – Dead Elvis – pays homage to the Vegas jumpsuit period of Elvis Presley’s career. Composed by Michael Daugherty, bassoonist Peter Whelan, wearing a kitsch white jumpsuit, will be living proof that Elvis will, indeed, be ‘in the building’! From Milhaud’s jazz inflections to Dead Elvis to a stellar figure in contemporary jazz – Wynton Marsalis. A Fiddler’s Tale Suite, Marsalis’ trumpet dedication to Igor Stravinsky’s love of American jazz will close the evening with the trumpet feature being taken on by the brilliant Ryan Quigley. The Scot is no stranger to Tyneside audiences having played small group gigs in Newcastle and Hall One at Sage Gateshead in the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Book now – 0191 443 4661.           
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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