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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.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi with the New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Caedmon Hall, Gateshead - July 26.


(Review by Lance).
Rawicz and Landauer it wasn't, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons it was - and then some. If you were seeking sounds, I hesitate to use the word music, that were searching for new frontiers you wouldn't find them here and, if you had, the hall wouldn't have been near sold out!
And yet, what we heard tonight was indeed music that broke the mould - in the earlier part of the last century.
Ragtime, stride and boogie woogie by the two guest pianists plus hot dance music and early big band jazz from the finest purveyors of the idiom this side of Slovakia - the New Century Ragtime Orchestra.
The band had been active during the transfer window with several new signings, whether permanent or on loan I'm not sure. Ian Wynne on piano, Neville Hartley bumped over to trombone, Graham Hardy from the Northern Monkey (suit) Brass Band on trumpet, Laurence Dunn, whose beard reduces Steve Andrews' whiskery growth to a mere goatee, on violin and Roly Veitch on (whisper it) banjo. Steve Andrews also took a more active musical role and even sang on Nagasaki!
Keith Nichols is the band's usual guest pianist and it says much for Papa Keith that it required two pianists to replace him! But what replacements!
As they did last year, American Stephanie Trick and Italian Paolo Alderighi stunned the crowd with an amazing performance - four hands are better than two? These four hands were better than twenty-two!
An unforgettable evening.
Outside it was raining - I decided to phone for a taxi. Neither of my two preferred cab company's knew where Gateshead Library was so I bussed it.
This was probably wise - how could you describe such an evening to a cabbie listening to Metro Radio?
Lance.
PS: Nice to bump into my old school chum George Watt. George was at the bar buying a bottle of water for his wife - he certainly knows how to treat a girl!
Stephanie Trick, Paolo Alderighi (pno) + Steve Andrews (ten/clt/vcl/mc); Graham Hardy, Alastair Lord (tpt); Neville Hartley (tmb); Jim McBriarty (clt/alt/vcl); Gavin Lee (clt/ten); Alan Marshall (alt/clt); Laurence Dunn (vln); Ian Wynne (pno); Phil Rutherford (sousa); Roly Veitch (bjo/gtr); Steve Doyle (dms); Caroline Irwin (vcl).

2 comments :

  1. It was indeed another wonderful evening of music - made even better by our chance meeting.
    PS. I splashed out on the way home and bought my good lady a bag of chips.

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  2. George, this brings me back to our schooldays ~ Chips? Plurals were always your problems during Mrs Young's English lessons! But yes, it was a superb concert and if I'd been with Dorothy I'd have bought her a fish to go with her chip. But you can take the boy out of...

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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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