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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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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.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Matt Anderson & Jiannis Pavlidis @ The Jazz Café. December 6

Matt Anderson (tenor saxophone) & Jiannis Pavlidis (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
The Leeds-Newcastle connection brought tenor man Matt Anderson and Leeds College of Music guitar tutor Jiannis Pavlidis to the Jazz Café on another Toon Party City night. Santa hats (flashing lights variety) and Toon shirts (Toon 2 Chelsea 1) paraded down the street, choosing to give the jazz a miss (another pint or six, a kebab and a mad scramble in the marshalled taxi queue the preferred option).
Anderson and Pavlidis arrived in time after a somewhat fraught journey. Their set-up a minimal affair, things started on time. Take the Coltrane built up a head of steam; Matt stoking a blues furnace, Jiannis spraying white hot chords into the night. The Leeds duo, a genuine working partnership of three or four years standing, are working on an album of standards (soon to be available as a download) inspired by the likes of Sonny Rollins and Jim Hall. All the Things You Are encapsulated what they’re about; due respect for a classic tune, inventive, conversational lines, ego handed in at the door of the GASbook. Alone Together (almost, they were in select company) dazzled in restraint; Joe Pass, up there in the Jazz Club in the Sky, surely approved of Jiannis’ tasteful playing, chords, a single-line idea, another chord cluster, Matt, off mic (there wasn’t one), signposting the melody.
The Caff’s Saturday crowd largely ignored the fine music - chatter, chatter, then ape-like, applauding something they hadn’t really heard (what’s new?). The attentive few loved it. The second set offered more gems – Solar (Matt offered the thought Bill Evans could be considered the composer), Sometime Ago (comp. Sergio Mihanovich) featured Matt at his best; the tune studied, his interpretation expansive, Jiannis with him all the way. Class. A Monk tune in the Caff is de rigueur – Ask Me Now was this evening’s selection. Body and Soul (a tenor man’s prerogative) Oleo (another Caff staple). A night of quality jazz. Matt and Jiannis went out on I Hear a Rhapsody. Do it again soon, guys.                 
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. Damn - should have braved the elements & gone into the Toon for this gig, like I said I was going to. Note to self, don't be a wuss about a bit of cold weather when there's hot jazz to warm me up!

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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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