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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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Friday, November 13, 2015

Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie - Nov. 12

Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs gtr); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I'm running out of superlatives for these guys. What can you say about a band that gets better month by month - particularly when they were something special to begin with!?
Band originals smattered with a couple of contemporary standards. One of this latter category, a Wayne Shorter tune, was dedicated to my humble self. I didn't catch the title but someone suggested that it may have been a reference to the ill-founded rumour of my advancing years. Rubbish! I'll take anyone on at conkers, which just happened to be the name of one of Master Turner's compositions (it may have been Conkers, Conquers or even the Geordie version - Konkas. Whatever, it was a number that kicked up the dust.
A band of many dimensions: Turner looking to reach another galaxy, Burns, by nature, closer to other galaxies, coming down to Earth and burning the sand. Edis, the visionary, a man with a coat of many colours but never a straight jacket. Susans, the rock. Leo Fender surely had Paul in mind even though Paul wasn't born! Then there's Rob Walker - not just a drummer but a composer too! His Autumn Afternoon had me hooked just by the title, although, it has to be said, it began totally boring and ended up totally compelling - best number of the night by a whisker!
Richard Burns' take on The Bill was a car chase, a car crash, an investigation into how to make jazz grab the unusual suspects - subtitle it Sun Hill Boogie.
There was more, so much more, but, just imagine going into Birdland or the Blue Note back in the good old days, maybe you'd find the music at Hoochie on the second Thursday of each month on a par. Not only that, no cover, no minimum and cocktails are 2 for 1. Plus, think of what you're saving on the air fare!
If the rightly acclaimed youth band Jambone can get a slot at this year's EFG London Jazz Festival then the Pilgrim St. Set are worthy of a gig next year.
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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