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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.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Havana Style Cuban Jam Session @ The Jazz Café. January 14

(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Advertised as a ‘Havana-style Cuban jam session’ this new twice monthly session is in need of a snappier moniker. The first cold blast of winter didn’t auger well. Early signs were that few if any would show up. Havana is more likely than not basking in glorious sunshine, whilst here in Newcastle the thermometer dipped below zero. Three fifths of Tyneside’s Havana Club 5 ignored the chill wind and set about dispelling winter’s worst.
Señor Carlos, Señor Alan and Señor Paul have been playing Latin grooves for years and years resulting in an intuitive understanding of which direction the music will take them and their interaction with the audience makes for a genuine social occasion. Ah, yes, the audience did materialise and they weren’t your regular jazz crowd, they were Tyneside’s Latino diaspora. Carlos Luis Rivera sang several songs, the subject matter seemingly of universal themes; relationships (blossoming/failing), family, community. The Spanish-speaking audience got it, singing along, clapping – a social occasion.
Tula’s Room to jazz-inflected Dr Billy Taylor/Ramsey Lewis territory and back to Cuban rhythms in myriad form. David Gray joined the party and, as ever, entertained with an all action display, leading the Havana boys into Song for My Father. The Jazz Café began to get busy, just in time for the Amazing Latino Dancing Girls. They weren’t known by that name but your correspondent decided on the spot that’s what they were! If Bebop Spoken Here’s editor had been present, he’d have marked this down as Gig of the Year!
Pianist Alan Law took five, encouraging Paul Wilson to play. Initially hesitant, a Ramsey Lewis vibe, in fact it was, more or less, The In Crowd showed that Wilson could play. He could well show-up at next week’s jazz jam session (Tuesday 19), let’s hope he does. As is the way, sometimes one doesn’t get a break. Señor Paul, Paul Grainger worked without a break. Just when he thought he was finished for the night, in walked Paul Gowland. PG said to PG (Grainger to Gowland)…’Fancy a blow?’ Gowland (not long out of a big band rehearsal): ‘Aye, why not?’ Rivera’s partly-dismantled set-up didn’t deter him, choosing to sit down to play. Similarly Gowland remained seated at a front row table to blow some tenor. They played some jazz, prompting the smiling Rivera to implore: ‘Latino! Latino!’ And so it went on. If this inaugural Cuban jam session is anything to go by, it is likely to develop into another of those ‘must-get-to’ sessions. The dates for your new 2016 diary: second and fourth Thursdays in the month. The next one is on January 28, eight o’clock.                                
Russell.
Carlos Luis Rivera (bongos, timbales, cowbell & vocals), Alan Law (piano) & Paul Grainger (double bass) + second set David Gray (trombone) & Paul Wilson (piano) + impromptu third set Paul Gowland (tenor saxophone) + the Amazing Latino Dancing Girls!

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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.
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