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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.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The Jazz Repertory Company and the EFG London Jazz Festival Present…….. Newport Jazz Festival (The 1950’s): A 60th Anniversary Celebration

18th November 2014. Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
A Spectacular Performance In Celebration Of One Of The Most Famous Jazz Events In The World
On 18th November 2014, Richard Pite’s Jazz Repertory Company in conjunction with The EFG London Jazz Festival continues its series of concerts at Chelsea’s Cadogan Hall with a celebration of the early years of the Newport Jazz Festival, one of the hottest events on the global jazz calendar to this day and this year celebrating its 60th anniversary.
In 1956 Duke Ellington’s Orchestra came to Newport and presented a concert which George Wein, organiser of the festival, described as “the greatest performance of Ellington’s career… it stood for everything that jazz had been and could be.” 
November’s concert at Cadogan Hall will feature the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra directed by Pete Long (Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra / Jools Holland’s Rhythm And Blues Orchestra), and will feature music from the best-selling Ellington at Newport 1956 album including Jeep’s Blues and the legendary Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue famous for its 27 choruses from Ellington’s sax star Paul Gonsalves in a performance that created pandemonium on the night and subsequently revived the fortunes of the Duke.  Echoes of Ellington will also perform Manteca and Cool Breeze, performed by the Dizzy Gillespie Band at their 1957 Newport appearance.
The show also features music from two classic films of the 1950’s which celebrate Newport. “Jazz On A Summer’s Day” was Bert Stern’s beautifully photographed celebration of the 1958 festival and the timeless classic ‘High Society’  features Cole Porter’s delightful music and features Louis Armstrong alongside Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly.
Pete Long’s Echoes of Ellington and singers Iain Mackenzie, Tom Langham and Georgina Jackson capture the magic of these historical milestones, performing them with a level of authenticity that is second to none and November 18th 2014 is set to be their best concert yet. To book tickets please visit: http://www.cadoganhall.com/event/the-newport-jazz-festival-the-1950s-141118/

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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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