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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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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, November 21, 2015

CD Review: Jacob Varmus Septet - Aegean.

Jacob Varmus (tpt/cor); Hashem Assadullahi (alt/sop); Pete McCann (gtr); Leonard Thompson (pno/keys); Broc Hempel (pno/keys); Sam Trapchak (bs); Christian Coleman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Greek born, New York jazz educator Varmus, is equally at home in both a jazz and a classical setting having played Carnegie Hall wearing both hats (on different occasions).
No doubt about which hat he's wearing here. A jazzy fedora I guess! Although the music leans towards the more contemporary end of the spectrum, the trumpet player maintains a sense of lyricism even when Assadullahi is 'going off on one' as he does on occasion.  
All eleven tracks were composed by Varmus and the project funded by jazz superfan, the eminent Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, neuroscientist and occasional saxophonist. The compositions are  titled for a family member or close friend  of Mr Georgopoulos.
It's an impressive body of work. Subtitled For Three Generations of Jazz Lovers - an apt title as the music has sufficient scope and variety to snare all but the mouldiest of figges or the most far out of the Improv geezers. The compositions are strong, the soloists equally so. The 13 minutes plus of Apostolos and Stelios is exceptional even on a disc where the bar has already been set high. Recorded live at the Steinway Reformed Church in Queens, Varmus surpasses even himself! McCann too his on the money whilst Assadullahi retains his sanity on sopraano. New York in 2013, It's accessible and easy to see why it's getting rave reviews 'over there' and will surely do so 'over here' when the word gets around.
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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