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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. Doors 7pm. £7.
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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.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Michael Woods @ The Lit & Phil. September 18

Michael Woods (guitar & vocals) + Charlie Woods (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
Another Friday lunchtime concert at the Lit & Phil. This one wasn’t jazz, this was folk-blues guitar from Tyneside’s Michael Woods. A return engagement at the Lit & Phil for the finger-picking left hander, his concert schedule sees him perform too infrequently in the region.
A set of classic early country blues and original material drawn from his three-CD back catalogue saw Woods standing throughout, picking his way on a Taylor acoustic and his new pride and joy, a custom made resonator by John Alderson of Leicestershire’s Delta Resonators. 
Blind Blake, Blind Willie McTell, Sleepy John Estes’ Brownsville Blues, an original in homage to Blake Excuse Me, Mr Phelps? (Blake was known by several names throughout his life) particularly effective, the full-to-overflowing Loftus Room audience hanging on each and every note. Woods’ most recent CD East Coast Fret yielded Blink of an Eye, his opening tune of the set, and similarly, Broken Wing Mirrors.
Woods slipped in a ‘non blues’ – When You Wore a Tulip – acknowledging it as more of a popular song of the day with a jazz lineage. The affable Woods clearly relished playing his Delta Resonator. This Lit & Phil concert marked its debut public performance and he stuck with it for several tunes, picks and bottleneck working in sync. As the concert drew to a close Woods returned to his Taylor six-string to play (and sing) Deep Ellum and Call Me the Breeze. The audience wanted another one. Woods invited another left hander – his son Charlie – to join him (on resonator) to go out on Nobody Knows You (When You’re Down and Out). Michael Woods’ new CD is imminent. Bebop Spoken Here will keep you up to date about its release.           
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.
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