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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 Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
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Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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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 18, 2015

The Early Bird Sessions @ The Lit & Phil. July 18

The Early Birds: Ben Lawrence (trumpet), Francis Tulip (guitar), Dan Lawrence (bass guitar) & Matthew Mackellar (drums) + Paul Edis (alto saxophone & piano)       
(Review by Russell)
The second in the series of ‘Early Bird’ jazz tuition/public performance sessions drew a crowd approximately twice the size of the first back in May. The participants numbered one fewer – perhaps school holidays accounted for the absent one. Six numbers in thirty minutes, all taking a solo, mentored by pianist and educator Paul Edis (pictured).
Ladybird opened, solos from trumpet and guitar. Blue Bossa featured sitter-in drummer Matthew Mackellar (catch him at Dave Weisser’s session at the Chillingham or the Jazz Café’s jam sessions) and Francis Tulip (guitar). An alto/trumpet intro to Autumn Leaves stated the theme then more good guitar and trumpet from Ben Lawrence.
More encouraging solos and a round of fours fleshed out All the Things You Are. Rollins’ Oleo followed the same format and was pretty damn good! Bassist Dan Lawrence soloed on Now’s the Time and that was it! A half hour performance; committed, enthusiastic and these guys are just about ready to take their set to the jazz public. Watch this space.
The third Early Bird gathering at the Lit & Phil is scheduled for Saturday 5 September. It starts at 11:00am, £2.00. on the door. Arrive in good time to ensure you get a seat.
Russell.


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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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