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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.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

King Bee @ Hoochie Coochie - July 3

Dave Wilde (ten/bar/fl/vcl); Richard Burns (tpt); Chris Jelly (vbs); Mark Hand (keys); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Dan Brady (bs gtr); Jonathon Marriott (dms).
(Review by Lance).
New faces, new material, new CD (launch imminent), old excitement!
No trombone, no percussionist, new drummer - whether this was permanent or temp I don't know - but the musical temperature remained the same and that was way above boiling point.
The solos sizzled - how could they not with these guys?  Chris Jelly, whom I'd back in a vibraphone carve-up against any other UK (and further afield) mallet man, has added a new gizmo to his machine that, he told me, makes for a better sound balance and, he said ominously, also has a midi feature enabling him to replicate any instrument. Fortunately, those mystical powers weren't unleashed and it was left to Moogist Mark to produce the Martians have landed sounds. Chris did, however, produce sounds that were out of this world but, then again, doesn't he always?!
Not that this was a one man show - how could it be with these guys? Dave Wilde was as frantic as his surname implies on tenor yet allowed sanity to prevail on flute. 
New dad Richard impressed - he had no choice but to pull out all the stops what with him having friends from "Down Under" in the house.*
Steve Glendinning, as always, displayed his virtuosity, Brady stoked the fire down in the engine room with new drummer (or was he depping?) Marriott turning on the heat.
The crowd applauded, they danced, they drank and they made merry which is what a King Bee gig is all about. Long may they reign.
Lance.
*Jenny and her appropriately named husband Lucky!

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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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