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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Josh Lane @ King’s Hall Newcastle Uni. November 6

Josh Lane (trumpet & flugelhorn), Ella El-Salahi (vocals), Jamie Lawson (piano), Tim Farrow (double bass) & Joe Cromey-Hawke (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Final year student Josh Lane (brass) shared the late afternoon student performances’ hour with an array of spectacularly good fellow students. An operatic soprano wowed the large turn-out with some Puccini, superb flautist Anne-Marie Rosa played a solo piece by Ibert and folk artists led by Callum Younger (bodhran) improvised a set of jigs. The latter clan could easily sit-in at any of the many of the jazz jam sessions around town.
Lane chose to play the music of Michael League’s Brooklyn hipsters Snarky Puppy. Lane checked-out the Puppies at Sage Gateshead earlier this year and, clearly impressed, chose to work on Shofukan. Opening on flugel (the wonderful Ella El-Salahi standing alongside him), Lane hit a groove. Pianist Jamie Lawson jabbed and stabbed, bassist Tim Farrow in tandem with drummer Joe Cromey-Hawke hammered it out on the raised stage. El-Salahi swooped down, around and in between Lane’s lines (flugel then trumpet). Josh Lane is in his final year of studies. At the end of the academic year take the opportunity  to hear him when he gives his degree finals’ recital.               
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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