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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 Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Saturday, January 09, 2016

Pannonica @ The Jazz Cafe January 8

Zoe Gilby – Vocals , Paul Edis – Piano
(Review by Steve H.)
Pannonica is Zoe Gilby’s tribute to the interpretation of Thelonious Monk by her musical heroine Carmen McRae. Several rave reviews can already be found in these electronic pages. A quartet here, a trio there. Last night we saw a stripped down version of the project with just Paul Edis on piano accompanying Zoe and what a glorious New Year’s treat it was. Paul’s playing of Monk’s work is sensational and Zoe’s interpretation of these great instrumental compositions stunning.
Each song is introduced with a brief historical explanation by prospective ‘Mastermind’ contestant Zoe, although the non-Monk digression about Zoe’s mother Hilary’s chance meeting with McRae and Dizzy Gillespie was the anecdotal highlight of the evening. Zoe’s late father Mike was mortified when Hilary told Dizzy that she had named her cat after him. The great man however was not in the slightest bit put out and took the name sharing as a compliment.
As for musical highlights it would be impossible to single out any particular number as they were all brilliant. The whole Monk canon was wonderfully represented, although the final number The Ballad of Thelonious Monk, written by Jimmy Rowles, was a delightful humorous country and western song famously sung by Carmen McRae at Ratso's.  
  A special thank you I feel should go to The Jazz Cafe for not charging entry for their first gig of 2016. To be able to hear music of this class in such intimate surroundings proves that sometimes ‘there is such a thing as a free lunch’. Sometimes the noise levels at these non-paying gigs can be quite distracting but on Friday night the audience was able to enjoy the music without any background disturbance. Even the most ebullient of Cafe revellers were silenced by the sheer quality of the performance from this outstanding duo.
Steve H.

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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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