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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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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Lambert and Williams @ The Vermont Hotel. August 7

Ruth Lambert (vocals) & Mark Williams (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
The wedding party probably couldn’t believe their luck in having such high quality musical entertainment laid on for the occasion. A nice touch by the hotel’s manager, clearly someone with impeccable taste, eager to make the day for the newly weds.
The bride looked radiant. ‘Radiant’ is the word, isn’t it? All brides are described as being ‘radiant’, ‘happy’, blah, blah. Of course the music – courtesy of Ruth Lambert and Mark Williams – just happened to be a regular gig in the Redwood Bar, but, hey, don’t tell the newlyweds!
Hopefully the nuptials went without a hitch and all arrived on time. The early Friday evening jazz booking had, without publicity, been brought forward to a late afternoon start – half past four. Consequently your correspondent arrived at the church, sorry, hotel, a tad late. Vocalist Ruth Lambert was half way through singing three hundred plus tunes (slight exaggeration) with accompanist Mark Williams. God Bless the Child, Here’s That Rainy Day, seemingly effortless, accomplished artistry the secret. All of Me swung with Mark Williams in Joe Pass mode juggling bass line, chords and inventive soloing. He did the same thing on What Is This Thing Called Love? (the newly weds weren’t listening). A gig beckoned elsewhere as Lambert warned of Stormy Weather; the forecast inaccurate, the singing just fine.    
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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