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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474. Doors 7pm. £7.
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 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.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bradley Johnston Quartet @ The Bridge Hotel - April 19

Bradley Johnston (gtr); Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Tim Johnston (dms).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
The penultimate gig in the long-running Splinter Sunday night sessions at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle was tinged with the sad knowledge that, after next week, they will be no more. 
Tirelessly organised by Andy Champion and Zoe Gilby the concerts showcased a countless number of bands and musicians from across the region and further afield - sometimes in conjunction with JNE.
Thank you both for some memorable evenings.
Tonight saw the Splinter début  of young guitarist Bradley Johnston alongside some equally talented older hands in a sedate set of standards, Bradley originals and Pat Metheny tunes.
Jazz chamber music played to perfection by all four to a background of respectful silence.
The second set opened with Bradley moving from semi-acoustic Ibanez to electro-acoustic (was it Takamine?) to play a gorgeous solo version of the Beatles' And I Love Her. This could arguably be said to be the best ever Beatles' tune and, in the young guitarist's hands, it certainly sounded just that.
One became two as Paul Grainger returned for a Metheny tune - I didn't catch the title - that had a distinctly pastoral feel to it.
Two became three with Tim Johnston (no relation) behind the kit for a swingy All the Things You Are.
Finally, all four were reunited for a Bradley original - A Fast Waltz - then How Insensitive and My Favourite Things brought things to a close.
Not a gig to blow your mind, rather one to relax and reflect upon and to simply enjoy such masterful playing by all four.
The final gig next Sunday is a JNE concert by YANA - not the late actress/singer nor an administrative capital in Bauchi State, Nigeria, but a trio with Corey Mwamba on vibes, Dave Kane on bass and Josh Blackmore on drums.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Bradley Johnston (on F/b)Monday, April 20, 2015 11:53:00 am

    Thanks Lance. Yeah, the duet tune with Paul was 'Is This America?' Looking forward to seeing the photos

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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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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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