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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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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Jo Harrop & Paul Edis @ The Jazz Café – November 6

Jo Harrop (vocals) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Eagerly anticipated, a fourth engagement in three days in the region, Jo Harrop arrived at the Jazz Café in good time despite a late-running train. Pianist Paul Edis arrived on foot, walking to work, as it were. A lunchtime appearance at the Gala Theatre had drawn a full house, this Newcastle date promised to be the perfect conclusion to Harrop’s flying visit.
This Can’t Be Love, Love Me or Leave Me, East of the Sun, Harrop began in fine style. A Friday night crowd can be less than attentive but not on this occasion. Vocalist Jo Harrop held the audience in the palm of her hand from the first note, a sign that we were listening to something special. Paul Edis’ frequent Jazz Café appearances invariably elicit a similar response from patrons. A wonderful Autumn in New York, a snap-of-the-fingers take on a familiar number – Bye Bye Blackbird – featured a playful Edis at his best, and It’s Alright with Me made your reviewer’s notebook. All were excellent – it was one of those nights.
Billie Holiday numbers (a fabulous I’m a Fool to Want You), Anita O’Day referenced – it was one of those nights! Harrop sang I’ve Got the World on a String (starting here in the Jazz Café, tomorrow the world!). An interval chat with a Lincolnshire couple who have only recently moved to the north east (one of them a musician) indicated they were more than impressed. They’ll be back.
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Edis’ left hand pattern), Sophisticated Lady (she is) and a requested Summertime. The latter could/should be on the ‘oh, not again’ banned list of tunes. Well, anytime Ms Harrop chooses to sing it is absolutely fine. One word went in to the notebook…Wow!  Some Nina Simone and Billy Taylor’s I Wish I Knew…the Jazz Café’s regulars were being spoiled rotten, the new faces couldn’t believe the quality. You Must Believe in Spring concluded the set. This was another ***** star evening at the Jazz Café.  
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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