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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 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.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Ella El-Salahi @ King’s Hall. April 23

(Review by Russell).
Final year music student Ella El-Salahi sang at this week’s Thursday afternoon student performances session in King’s Hall, Newcastle University. The Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra vocalist performed two numbers – Angel Eyes and Omar’s The Man. On the first tune El-Salahi worked in the company of tenor saxophonist Faye MacCalman (herself a final year undergraduate). Expressive in voice, rich timbres, confident.

MacCalman’s work done, El-Salahi invited Jamie Lawson to join her on The Man. The pianist (another accomplished final year student) provided accompaniment on Omar’s soulful song. Omar has star appeal and so does Ella. She wrought every ounce of heart-felt passion from the tune. Yes, Ella, you’re a star.
The four o’clock hour long performance set featured several other student contributions including a flamenco-inspired group with a strings section, a live coding set (Apple Mac) and, as a finale, ear plugs were handed out for Andrew Richardson’s Snails with Nails. A worried-looking crowd made use of the plugs, your reviewer would have none of it. Drums, guitar and bass. Masks and painted faces, the trio attempted to blow apart the venerable seat of learning. Motorhead/Slayer/Death Metal/ Noise, bouncing around, jumping off an amp, head-banging, constant feedback, it was loud, but it wasn’t that LOUD. Pardon me?
Lifeless, sheet-white painted zombies joined the naughty boy rockers, standing eerily still until the destructive end game. Richardson smashed his drum kit to pieces (sort of), guitar thrown to the floor, feedback crackling, in rushed men in white coats to cart-off the boys to the mad house. Good fun. Does mummy know what you get up to at Uni?
The Final Year Recitals are scheduled for next month (May). The good news is that most of the jazz students will perform not on campus but at the Jazz Café on Pink Lane. Open to the public, free admission, recommended. Stay tuned to Bebop Spoken Here for details nearer the time.   

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.
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