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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Noel Dennis & Dean Stockdale @ The Jazz Café. Oct 10

Noel Dennis (trumpet & flugelhorn) & Dean Stockdale (piano)
(Review by Russell)
A first duo gig for Noel Dennis and Dean Stockdale. You’d never have guessed. It takes the talents of two first class musicians to make it work and this Jazz Café meeting was a major success. Hailing from the Deep South (the Tees Delta region) Dennis, trumpet and flugelhorn, and pianist Stockdale, performed as if they were long-time musical associates.
Beautiful Love, Tom Harrell’s Moon Alley, There is No Greater Love. Three immaculate tunes to begin the evening’s entertainment. Noel Dennis’ tone, clarity and unfailing taste are the hallmarks of his superbly crafted solos; an innate sense of construction, inventive, free-flowing ideas. Dean Stockdale at the house upright responded to every nuance, twist and surprise, and reminded the Jazz Café audience of his own creative abilities playing a number of outstanding solos.
Mingus’ Nostalgia in Times Square, Round Midnight and, as Dennis rightly suggested, an apposite Autumn Leaves (the trumpeter with Harmon mute on the latter) enthralled a Pink Lane audience oblivious to partying rugby fans on the streets of Newcastle. An interested listener took the opportunity to talk all things brass with Dennis during the interval, some recharged a glass, some turned their attention to a yet-to-be-solved broadsheet crossword.
A Stockdale arrangement of Joyspring began the second set where the first left off – class playing, the duo’s listening ear, relaxing into one another’s company. Love for Sale heard two marvellous solos – take it as read, throughout the evening all solos were marvellous!
A ballad is another of Dennis’ strengths (his occasional small combo gigs with Blaydon’s Roly Veitch set the standard) and Everything Happens to Me illustrated the point. Having stated that all the solos were marvellous – and to reiterate, they were – Blue Monk really did feature outstanding solos from Dennis and Stockdale, pianist Stockdale dazzling with walking bass lines, stride patterns, the lot. Stella by Starlight never fails, and to close out a most enjoyable set, the duo of Dennis and Stockdale left us with Au Privave.
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Earlier, at the Vermont Hotel, Ruth Lambert and Stuart Collingwood entertained rugby fans. Scots, of the kilted variety, were in post match party mode. Painted faces, hangovers guaranteed, the Songbook master class, for the most part, passed them by. Lambert sang, perched on a high stool. Collingwood accompanied at the piano. Summertime, Stella by Starlight, The Shadow of Your Smile, a smattering of applause from some, appreciated by your BSH correspondent for sure. Tunes ranged from Stormy Weather to Sunnyside of the Street (a fair summation of the weather of late) as a prior engagement approached (a Jazz Café gig). Vermont Hotel gigs are well worth catching. Free admission Fridays at 4:30pm Saturdays at 7:00pm and two o’clock Sundays.                
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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