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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.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Jo Lawry and Will Vinson @ Sage Gateshead.

Jo Lawry (vcl/gtr/pno); Will Vinson (pno/alto).
(Review by Lance),
The game was afoot tonight, ne'er a square inch of space at any of the bars! The main attraction was Ralph McTell in Hall One. Across the great divide there was also a quorum for Mercury Rev in Hall Two. Sandwiched in between, in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, was Jo Lawry and Will Vinson.
This was the one for those who'd made the near impossible choice of choosing between the Lit and Phil for Paul Edis' solo CD launch, the Stronger Jazz Voices gig at the Globe or this remarkable duo.
You want stronger jazz voices? You got it tonight with Jo Lawry although, it has to be said, the jazz content wasn't high. But, when it was, move over you gals on the ladder, you've still got a long way to go,
I calculated maybe a 100 bums on seats which, given the alternatives on offer in and away from Sage Gateshead, wasn't bad going. 
Many present were drawn to Ms Lawry because of her association with Sting's Shipyard extravaganza and it was easy to see why. A voice that appealed across the genres. In the main it was Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Janis Ian inspired and Jo's compositions more than held their own with her illustrious contemporaries - thank god she doesn't play cricket - she's from down under and the Ashes would be gone forever!
The jazzy numbers were Just You, Just Me, Vinson vacating the piano stool to blow some great alto. and Lawry sounding - not unlike Anita without the hat, And the jazz vocalese solo of the year - Hank Mobley's solo on Remember. This was top of the game stuff. The solo note for note and the words totally relevant to the song. Irving Berlin was surely having an appreciative chuckle as he looked down on this amazing performance. I think Annie Ross would like it too.
Kathryn Tickell, sitting in front of me, certainly did.
The less jazzier numbers were, nevertheless, just as valuable because of the strong lyrics. Several related to Vinson, her husband of just over a year. Taking Pictures, a swipe at social media and a complaint that she couldn't see the smile on the Mona Lisa because of tourists taking photos and losing a lover in the process. 
There was more, so much more, but I was too engrossed to make many notes.
Folk Meets Jazz? You got it here tonight!
So, Jo, maybe one day, an out and out jazz gig?
Sooper dooper!
Photos.
Lance.
PS: 221 to go to the 2 million page views - and only one million of them were mine! (joke!)

4 comments :

  1. "discerning fans" ? Is that comment dismissive of local talent, or simply badly worded?

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  2. Not dismissive I think I can say that I have supported local talent, and Paul Edis in particular, whenever possible, My meaning was to convey the alternatives on offer that evening with the 'discerning fans' referring to those who attended the Lit and Phil, the Globe as well as the NRFH. Apologies if you found it confusing, I'll try and rephrase it.

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  3. Thanks for that. I had hoped that I had misconstrued your words which seemed out of character in a blog which does more than its share to counter the "endangered" status of jazz in the region.

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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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