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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ronnie’s Bar – Jan. 6

 (Review by Peter Ninnim)
 I only recently discovered that there was a separate bar above the Ronnie Scott club in Soho and we made our second visit last week. The venue features resident band the Andy Davies quartet; it costs £6.00 entry and food and drinks are available from 6.30 but the music starts at 9.30. It only operates on Wednesday under Andy.
The group is led by Welsh trumpeter and flugel player Andy Davies and he is an outstanding Jazz star leading on this occasion Rob Luft on Guitar, Lorenzo Bassignani on Electric Bass and the amazing Saleem Raman on drums. The quartet personnel changes from week to week but I counted myself lucky that this was the same line up that were playing on my last visit. The band plays all types of Jazz but is funk and Latin influenced. There is no weakness in the group, all the solo playing is exciting and the large crowd of around 200 (400 on my last visit) respond with enthusiasm. The first quite long set included Dizzy Gillespie’s Bebop, Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder and I think the theme from Spiderman? Given the volume of background noise from the young audience, average age perhaps thirty, it was hard to hear the titles.
In the second set Andy invites visiting musicians on stage and several are regular. There is an outstanding Italian tenor player, first name Marco, who was a great addition to the group and even a special guest drummer!

If you are visiting London and are confidant in your playing take your horn and queue to play.
Peter N

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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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