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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 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, July 19, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Claire Kelly Trio - July 18

Claire Kelly (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); John Pope (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo courtesy of Emily Adam)
From the opening song, No Moon At All, I was struck by the rich tone of Claire’s voice which was a sheer joy to listen to. Ms Kelly has been away singing in Thailand for quite a while, doing soul and reggae almost every evening, and the experience seems to have enhanced her voice (mind it was good before she went).  Add to that the superb guitar of Williams and Pope’s adventurous bass providing long solos, and you have a great night of jazz.  I just wish the audience had been more numerous, but there were many other musical events last night such as the Americana Festival at the Sage.
And so the songs continued, sung with feeling and real style, Beautiful Love, with a bass opening; Born To Be Blue; I Cried For You. Everybody Wants To Be A Cat was slinky, with voice and bass only and lots of high notes from the bass, even on the ‘wrong’ side of the bridge.  The first half was rounded off with a quiet, sensitive Mr Ugly a homage to Carmen McRae. The second half gave us songs such as a happy blues, The Blues Are Out Of Town; Song For You; Taking A Chance On Love;
I Concentrate On You; At Long Last Love.  The final song was a tour de force with alterative titles, Unlucky Woman or Go Wild, sung with passion, and a long solo from Mark full of insistent riffs and bent notes, great listening.
Claire is leaving the country again in about 6 weeks, so you’d better catch her at Durham on August 6 before she goes, otherwise you’ll miss a treat.
Ann Alex.
(Durham date now corrected - see comment)

1 comment :

  1. Just a correction! The Claire Kelly Trio will be the next "Jazz Session" at Empty Shop HQ in Durham on Thursday August 6th (not 7th as stated in review)

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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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