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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.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Budtones – Nov. 28

Stu Finden (tenor sax); Fiona Finden (soprano sax, vocals); Lin Lee Wong (piano); Jim Crinson (bass); Eric Stutt (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex).
The set began with a boppy quirky tune - The Message, saxes in joyful harmony, solos all round, fours, culminating with a very long sax note from Fiona, who then said something about circular breathing.  I guess Fi, as a physiotherapist, must know something about breath control, and this note certainly showed that she can breathe!
The set continued well, as we can expect from this band, even with different personnel on piano and bass.  Jim did his stuff on dependable bass and Lin Lee was an adventurous keys woman – in fact after the final number she treated us to some Elton John piano.  Other tunes included Miles Davis’s All Blues, beautifully sung by Fi, with a very atmospheric feel of ‘sea and sky and you and I’; Just Friends, with a final chorus to a rumba rhythm, especially well played by Eric. Hank Mobley’s This I Dig of You, was lively with a bell-like effect from the drums; and then came Fi singing a sensitive version of I Fall in Love Too Easily. There was audience participation on The A Train when Minnie Frazer and myself were invited to do a bit of scatting, and the gig was rounded off with an original, sung by Fiona, Stu’s Blues.
The only complaint I have is that the band deserved a larger audience.  Jazz fans are missing some great music!
Ann Alex

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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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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.)
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