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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.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Jazz Coop @ The Globe: Paul Taylor/ Simon Taylor And The Sundowners: June 20

Paul Taylor (keys, electronics)
The Sundowners: Simon Taylor (guitar, voice); Paul Taylor (keys); Dan Pietruszka (bass guitar);
Jon Foster (drums); Ivelina Moverderska (voice)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
A double-header tonight and intriguingly different music. Paul Taylor played Clavinova, arguably, like it’s never been played before!  Music, completely improvised, but with help from a small electronic device on the top of the instrument.  Forget the horrendous mismatched tones of some electronic music – this was lovely, mellifluous, flowing, sometimes concerto-like, echoes, bending notes, gentle reverb, musical-box effects, insistent riffs, some jazzy blue note phrases (did I hear bits of Summertime?).  Very relaxing to listen to. Taylor did a good job, playing continuously throughout the first set.  Try to catch Paul at your next opportunity.
Enter The Sundowners.  I don’t think I’d call this jazz but it was very enjoyable, especially Ivelina who,  dressed in a sparkly black top, leggings and a long white scarf,  had a strong sultry voice and loads of stage presence.  She had what we used to call ‘big hair’ in the 1970’s and she occasionally produced a fan with which to cool herself down.  Difficult to classify, so why try?  Perhaps rock with elements of cabaret and call and response duets from the singers.  What’s more, all the songs were original, with titles such as Cadiz; Gigilo Daddy; Continental Girl; Hollywood Smile; Mystery Blues; Corazon; In The Sun. Very competent musicians, especially good on the Bossa numbers.  Memorable hooks in the songs too, such as:
 ‘Hollywood smile, the girl’s got style’ and ‘Where can I find the true spark of the mystery’ in a song about walking in Paris.
Their CD Continental Girl is available and a second CD is on its way shortly, entitled New York City Girl.
Ann Alex 

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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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