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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 31, 2015

CD Review/Gig Preview: Damian Cook & Sam Dunn - Indian Summer.

Damian Cook (ten/clt); Sam Dunn (gtr).
(Review/preview by Lance)
Damian Cook will be remembered as the reedman from the pit band at the Theatre Royal who, during last Christmas' panto season, dropped by the Jazz Café jam sessions as well as blowing up a storm for the Jazz Coop at the Globe.
The good news is that Christmas has come early this year, not only with the release of a beautifully executed duo album with 7 string guitarist Dunn but also a live session scheduled for the Globe on August 22.
Taking the album first, a choice selection of standards displaying the talents of these two "Four beats to the bar and no cheating" - as Bill Basie once said when asked to describe Swing - artists. There is a distinct manouche feel to the tracks with Cook on clarinet whilst the more boisterous tenor numbers also have a Frenchness about them bringing to mind Guy Lafitte or Alix Combelle.
Listen here and bag it for a mere £7!
And if you like it - if! (silly question) for £2 less you can have the whole experience live at the Globe on Saturday August 22.
Lance.

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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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