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

Monday, February 29, 2016

Infusion Quartet @ The Quakerhouse. Feb 28

(Report/Review by Russell and Tony).
Audience numbers in Darlington continue to hold up. At Darlington Jazz Club’s recent gig at the Quakerhouse (Darlington's CAMRA Pub of the Year), there was another full house to welcome a returning local hero. Pianist Rick Laughlin, having recently left London to return to his roots, put together a quartet to play a few standards.
Tony Eales reports Laughlin coaxed a variety of sounds from his keyboard. The gig saw Alan Thompson showing off his shiny new saxophone and Anth Ord (bass) travelled up the A1 from his Yorkshire base to work alongside drummer Ian Halford. The varied pad (Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Grover Washington) made for an entertaining early evening set. Darlington Jazz Club’s next concert at the Quakerhouse features pianist Paul Edis on Sunday, March 13. Jonny Dunn (trumpet and flugel) will be one of the several guests. Arrive in good time for the six o’clock start. Recommended.      
Russell.

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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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