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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 Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Pannonica Three, Summertime in Winter and Etta All Through the Night

(Preview by Russell)
On Friday night (January16th) as you head out to your gig of choice (you are going out aren’t you?) you’ll need to remember to set your recording device(s) of choice. BBC 4 (television) demands your attention for fully four and a half hours. Sounds of the Sixties (7:30pm) dips into the ‘60s beat boom, then at eight, Gershwin’s Summertime: the Song That Conquered the World is about that song. At nine pianist Neil Brand looks at Sound of Song, an exploration of the writing, recording and performing of hit songs. The Irving Berlin classic Cheek to Cheek is examined in some detail. An hour later archive material of a motley crew of performers interpreting Porter, Berlin, Mercer and Arlen could be an interesting experience! Hang in there because at 11:00pm Blues at the BBC features Son House, BB King and others.
Meanwhile, over on BBC Radio 4 Extra there is not one, not two but three opportunities to hear The Jazz Baroness. The legendary story of Pannonica (a good egg patron of jazz) is told by Hannah Rothschild. So, we’ll get the insider’s view of a great aunt. Tune in at 6:30am, again at 1:30pm and again at 8:30pm!
Before all of that there is Chris Barber. Clare Teal (9:00pm, Sunday 11, Radio 2) talks to the man himself. Tuesday (10.00.pm, Radio 2) Jools Holland profiles the man in a second and concluding programme – Chris Barber: Leader of the Band. Earlier, at seven, Jamie Cullum chats to Zoe Rahman. Up all night? BBC 6 Music (2:00am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) surveys the career of a great blues voice – Blues to the Bone: the Life of Etta James. A final cut – Front Row (Radio 4, 7:15pm, Wednesday), reviews Whiplash. See the film at a good cinema near you from Friday.         
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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