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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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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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Monday, October 05, 2015

CD Review: Frank Kohl Quartet - Invisible Man

Frank Kohl (gtr); Tom Kohl (pno); Steve LaSpina (bs); Jon Doty (dms).
(Review by Lance).
After wading through the albums that land on the doormat and wondering if jazz is still jazz, along comes an album like this.
A sheer delight! Not a pedal board in sight! Barney Kessel; Herb Ellis; Joe Pass; Jim Hall and now Frank Kohl. Music to delight these jaded and increasingly confused ears! I shouldn't be reviewing this - it should be Roly, Jim Birkett, Steve Glendinning, Bradley or Giles Strong, guys who are guitarists and aficionados of this oft abused instrument. No abuse on this album! A mix of originals and gassers featuring Kohl on his third CD.
Brother Tom on piano is the perfect foil - what music must have been made in that household! Frank encountered LaSpina at a Jim Hall gig and immediately earmarked him for this recording - wise move! His solos are just perfect and Doty's drums are ideal for this line-up. Sympathetic, driving, but never overpowering. 
The instrumental version of Funny Valentine gives that overworked song a reprieve. Round About has nothing to do with midnight but swings along like a mid-afternoon stroll in Central Park.
My One and Only Love is given the treatment this beautiful tune deserves. I never knew, until now, that the composer, Guy Wood, was born in Manchester! Alone Together rounds off a superb CD.
Check him out. The album may be entitled The Invisible Man but, with this release, it could be the most inappropriate title ever - in a perfect world...
Available now on Pony Boy Records - want to buy a guitarist a Xmas present? Look no further.
Lance.

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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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