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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.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Swing Manouche @ The Jazz Café. October 2

 Mick Shoulder (guitar), Giles Strong (guitar), Paul Edis (clarinet) & Neil Harland (double bass)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Mick Shoulder, cornerstone of Hot Club specialists par excellence Djangologie, recently added another string to his contrabasse with the formation of Swing Manouche. The Jazz Café witnessed an unexpected twist as Shoulder swapped four strings for six and joined a fellow Djangologist – Giles Strong (guitare rythmique) – as the seated guitar demons. On double bass was none other than Neil Harland and in a further, wholly unexpected, twist, pianist Paul Edis wielded the clarinet!
A week ago at the Tyneside Irish Centre, Django’s great nephew, Lulo Reinhardt, gave a concert of his own, keeping the flame alive. He would have been a welcome guest at the Jazz Café this evening – he could have sat in. Mind you, he would have had his work cut out keeping up with this lot. Coquette, Douce Ambiance, familiar material both, then the first of two or three Shoulder compositions (a musette), inspired by Giles Strong’s rather big, if not fearsome pet dog. What Lulo would have made of that one is anyone’s guess. He would have been right at home with two Lulo Reinhardt numbers. Not his own, rather those of his father, Lulo Senior. The second of the tunes went at such a lick Lulo Junior may have decided to sit it out! There is nothing better than Strong setting a tempo, then seeing who can maintain the punishing pace. For the record, Shoulder, Edis and Harland hung in there. Thrilling stuff!
Paul Edis (clarinet), was taken out of his comfort zone. No easy-peasey piano playing for Dr Edis tonight. This was swing time Hot Club de Pink Lane. Bassist Neil Harland didn’t baulk at Strong’s rythmique brilliance, Shoulder demonstrated real talent as a six stringer and Edis appeared to relish being at the mercy of the front row critics. Minor Swing went well, Swing Manouche did well. More gigs are in the book. Trés bon!   
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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