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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, November 28, 2014

Big Sid Catlett Reigns @ King’s Hall, Newcastle Uni. November 27

(Review by Russell).
The ‘Student Performances’ hour, late afternoon, Thursdays, throws up unexpected delights. The jazz content today featured drummer Lewis West and a trio playing a  well-received set of three tunes. Add classical clarinet, folk guitar and a West End (London) show girl to the mix and it really is a variety hour.
Annabel Warnock sang three numbers including Maybe This Time (excellent piano accompaniment from Matthew Ryan). Clarinettist James Insalaco offered Weber’s Grand Duo Concetant for clarinet and piano and the first and third pieces from Igor Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet (Insalaco is an accomplished player) and guitarist Dan Morgan played two pieces, one of them John Renbourn’s The Lady and the Unicorn. He played the Renbourn piece very well, just as well given that the man himself had earlier been in the department to conduct a guitar workshop!
The jazz trio – Jamie Lawson, piano, Ed Addo, trumpet and vocals and drummer Dan Egdell – played three numbers. Ain’t No Sunshine, Misty and Outkast’s Roses. It was the trumpet and vocals of Addo that stole the show. Soulful singing, bold trumpet (the mute in use on Misty). Addo should get to a jam session! The Lewis West programme – a one number affair – won great applause. Max Roach’s For Big Sid sounded great. No doubt hours of practice (examination time looms) helped West perform with calm authority. More of the same in two week time (Dec 11).      
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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