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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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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.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Boneshakers’ Fourth Annual Boxing Day Blues Party @ The Tyne Bar.

Russ Hird (guitar & vocals), Ronnie Semple (harmonica & vocals), John Morgan (electric bass) & Gordon Smiles (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Bodega: a pint of Prince Bishop (the impeccable house beer at the Camra award-winning hostelry), a good crowd in for the match (a deserted nearby Wetherspoon’s wasn’t showing the match). Man Utd 3 The Toon 1. Kind of inevitable, little in the way of disgruntlement. Move on, as they say.
A walk along the Quayside, the Tyne in full food (albeit a millpond). Sage Gateshead slept, green and red lights dimmed. The Pitcher and Piano sparkled, bubbly at the ready, somewhat optimistically with not a reveller in sight (inside or out). Up ahead at the Ouseburn the Tyne Bar glowed invitingly. Would there be any room at the inn?
Walking through the door the place was as one would expect to find it…absolutely packed! The Boneshakers were in full flight knocking out rockin’ r ‘n’ b. A pint of Wylam’s Tankard, a precious standing space at the back of the room. The sound not the best, it never is, but no matter. It was loud enough, more than. A solid foundation (bass and drums), wailing harp, killer guitar licks, beer, women, song, more beer…Cheers!
One of several guest sitters-in, Steve Dixon got up, battered Strat in hand (just like Rory’s) and called Crossroads. It was worth the trek. voice and guitar the business. A Santa-fied encore a la Chuck Berry and that was it. The Boneshakers’ first ever gig took place in the very same pub, on the very same day exactly four years ago. Next year – December 26 – you can guess where they and their fans will be. 
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. Thank you for the write up Russell. Flattered you enjoyed it

    (Ronnie} The Boneshakers

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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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