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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 Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
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Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cubop Spoken Here. Havana Club 5 + Heaton Horns @ Hoochie Coochie March 15.

Carlos Luis Rivera/Paco Rivera (perc/vcls)); Alan Law (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Antonio Marrero (vcl/perc); Simon Coleman (dms); Darren Millett (gtr); + Heaton Horns: David Matthew Gray (tmb); Alex Saxon (alt/fl); Elliot Todd (tpt).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Anna Miller to follow.*)
The occasional Sunday afternoon gigs at Hoochie are usually something else and this one was no exception! It didn't matter that I hadn't a clue what the songs were about or whether they were in Portuguese, Spanish or a mixture of both, what counted was the infectious, compelling and at times hypnotic rhythms that engulfed those who weren't away wining and dining their mother (or somebody else's mother). They should have brought her here!
Apart from the percussive aspect, some wild blowing by the horns added to the excitement and it was no surprise that the dance floor wasn't empty.
Alan Law tells me he's going to Cuba for music lessons - on this showing he doesn't need many (if any!)
They ran the whole spectrum Latin, Jazz, Salsa, Samba, Cha Cha Cha and a whole lot more - no need to go to the Caribbean let it come to you with the Havana Club 5. Likewise - no need to go to Heaton let Heaton come to you with the Heaton Horns!
Lance. 

3 comments :

  1. Just to help you out:

    Simon Coleman on kit

    Antonio Marrero on vocals

    Great seeing you there, Lance. It was an endless train of chaos, but a very fun one and hopefully the start of a wonderful partnership with the horns.

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  2. Thanks David. Just need the name of the guitarist (and a couple of the promised pics from Anna).

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  3. I see you have the others. Just Darren Millett on guitar to add.
    Thanks again for the review, and thanks for making the effort when it meant a dash for you when Dave Newton was due to play across town (I would have been at the Globe if not playing at Hoochie). It was great fun and hopefully the first of many such gigs.

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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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