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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 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.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Jazz Café Jam Session - September 1

(Review by Lance).
First day of term - or so it seemed  - as Autumn descended and the Jazz Caff once more opened its doors after a couple of weeks of musical deprivation.
A mix of old and new faces made for a variety of sound. The house trio of Gilligan, Grainger and Morgan got things rolling. Sam Rivers' Beatrice and I Thought About You set the standard to aim at.
This would have sent many an aspirant back to the woodshed but not Joel Brown. The 16 year old took his place at the upright and it soon became obvious that he'd put in some work since his last appearance displaying a maturity of approach that belied his tender years.
On bass was Brown père - Steve Brown, Is this the same Steve Brown who was, himself, a local legend a decade or three back? On drums was a newcomer to the area, Scott Riby. Although a self-confessed rock drummer he proved to be able to handle the baptism of fire anyone faces when Paul Gowland's in the frontline. Autumn Leaves was an appropriate choice whilst How High the Moon/Ornithology was played at a tempo only slightly slower than the speed of light. In a Sentimental Mood displayed more technical innovations such as triple tonguing - an action more common to brass players - and a sustained note that was surely a feat of circular breathing!
Gilligan had returned for the last couple but now young Joel was back and joined by more young men in the form of Fitzgerald, Poxon and Pockets - collectively known as The Swindlers. The room rocked. 
Lindsay Hannon stepped up to the plate for I Can't Stay Away From You, No More Blues and You'd be so Nice to Come Home to. Steve Brown was back, this time on piano with Ian Forbes on drums, and the resultant Here's That Rainy Day and I Should Care didn't hurt at all.
And so the night rolled on with Franco Falconi taking over the piano stool as I reluctantly drifted off into the night to the sounds of Days of Wine and Roses.
Days of wine and roses indeed.
Photos (Memory card now working!)
Lance.
Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms) + Joel Brown (pno); Steve Brown (pno/bs); Paul Gowland (alt); Ian Forbes (dms); Lindsay Hannen (vcl); Scott Riby (dms); Ben Fitzgerald (dms); Henry Poxon (bs); Jonny Pockets (?) (gtr); Francesco Falconi (pno).

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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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