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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, May 09, 2015

The Early Bird Sessions @ The Lit & Phil. May 9

Jazz musician and educator Paul Edis invited a select group of students to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning to participate in a workshop at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle.
The signs are good – the participants turned-up and so did an audience.
This first meeting of the Early Bird Sessions attracted five keen students culminating in a half hour public performance. Trumpet, tenor sax, guitar, bass and drums. The age range 15-17. Some familiar faces (some veterans of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival!), one or two already sitting-in around town, under Edis’ leadership good things are sure to come from the initiative. Five tunes in thirty minutes, a lot packed in to the allotted time available. The Flintstones opened the programme (Ya-ba-da-ba-do!), Rollins’ St Thomas calypso-ed along, Scrapple from the Apple featured good guitar playing, bass and drums Headhunted a Chameleon (good tenor sax) and trumpet opened up on C Jam Blues.
Yes, the signs are good. These guys are the future of jazz. Show your support. Bop Before You Shop suggested a Lit & Phil big wig. A good idea. The next session – Saturday 18th July – will be well worth the effort. Don’t forget – 11:00am sharp. £2.00. on the door.
Russell
The Early Birds: Ben Lawrence (trumpet), Nick Caughey (tenor sax), Francis Tulip (guitar), Dan Lawrence (bass) & Matthew MacKellar (drums) + Paul Edis (clarinet & piano)

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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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