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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.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Dave Milligan Trio @ Brunswick Methodist Church – November 5

Dave Milligan (piano), Tom Lyne (double bass) & Tom Bancroft (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Jazz goes to choich! In a side street off the main drag, culture vultures ventured over to the dark side determined to resist any mumbo jumbo from the wacko deluded oddballs. Brunswick, a melting pot of the comfortable and complacent, the lonely and lost, some killing time, escaping, temporarily, from their main drag dead end job. They have come in from the cold, studiously ignoring the Big Issue vendors, side-stepping the homeless.
Inside, the chapel welcomed the jazz brethren, or rather, the Friends of King’s Hall bods and the dragooned students (out of bed in the nick of time). The Dave Milligan Trio had something of a surprise awaiting them – Newcastle University’s music department went to the trouble of transporting a grand piano to the city centre venue! Milligan’s principal discipline is jazz although he does work cross genre, as do his bass player and drummer. Tom Lyne, Canadian born, but a long time resident north of the border, possesses a real jazz sound; full, resonant, with a great sense of time. The other Tom, Tom Bancroft, has an equally impressive jazz cv together with his interests in the folk world.
The majority of the compositions played in this one hour recital were written by Milligan.  Brubeckian, European classical, percussive dance grooves, the tunes wittily titled – Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There and Going Nowhere to name but two – were well received, although the audience sat on its hands, choosing/failing to acknowledge solos from Lyne and Bancroft, the trio winning polite applause at their conclusion.
Milligan’s playing of a high order, dense, percussive excursions drew in the listener with bass and drums negotiating the charts in an unobtrusive manner. An atypical piece to end the lunchtime recital – a South African township composition – belatedly stirred audience and musicians alike.
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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