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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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Saturday, December 05, 2015

Folk meets Jazz @ The Globe: December 3

Jeff Smith (sop saxophone, flute); Debra Milne (vocals); Carrie McCullock (vocals, guitar); Susan Sanderson (vocals, guitar); Sheila Herrick (vocals); Ann Alexander (vocals).
Once again we had a good friendly meeting this month, and those who came just to listen seemed well pleased, especially the lady who won two shakey eggs as the mystery prize in the raffle.  I hope she comes next time to play them, after she’s had time to practise!
Debra did a lovely job of singing unaccompanied whilst snapping her fingers on Gee Baby, Never Ending Melody and more. Carrie gave us some neat guitar to accompany her own songs and also a very quirky song written by a Canadian singer, about when the Pagans and Christians had a meal together. Jeff played Monk’s Jelly Roll; Wave; Sheila treated us to a Latin carol among her songs and I did the unaccompanied folk ballads, Geordie and Brimbledon Fair.  Susan, a newcomer, gave us a Joni Mitchell song and also a very appropriate 1960’s protest song:
‘Last night I had the strangest dream/ I’d ever dreamed before/ I dreamt that men had all agreed/ to put an end to war.’
O that it could come true.
Next time we become Folk and Acoustic on Thursday January 7th, but jazz players are very welcome as we won’t switch off the sound system, I promise.
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.
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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