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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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Friday, June 19, 2015

Jazz North East presents Alan Wilkinson & Akode - Jazz Cafe June 18

Alan Wilkinson(Reeds), Kim Johannesen(gtr), Ola Hoyer(bass), Dag Erik Knedal Andersen(drums)
(Review by Steve H/photos courtesy of Ken Drew.)
Whirlwind, psychedelic, free jazz of the highest order. A captivating hypnotic explosion of sound from start to finish! All four seemed to play in unison at 100mph whilst still managing to allow the audience to pick out the outstanding individual solos. 
Wilkinson seamlessly alternating between bass clarinet, alto and baritone saxes produced extravagant, passionate, solos sometimes wild, sometimes melodious. Hoyer on bass was like a swashbuckling musical musketeer brandishing his bow like a rapier as he attacked the bass.  Knedal never stopped driving the band with his relentless drumming and Johanneson augmented everything going on around him with ever so subtle nuanced effects on guitar. 

The first set came in at approximately 40 minutes and 6 seconds according to Wilkinson’s recording machine. The second set lasted a mere 36 minutes so Wilkinson asked if anyone wanted an encore and the response from the select audience was a unanimous ‘yes’. This kind of music may not be to everyone’s taste, in fact when I dipped into a You Tube clip I was not convinced. It was only when immersed in the actual performance that I could really appreciate the full force of the music and the fascinating interactions between the quartet.  Simply mesmerising and exhilarating.
Steve H.

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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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