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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474. Doors 7pm. £7.
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 26, 2016

SNOWBOY celebrates his 30th anniversary, since his debut single in 1985, with his 16th album NEW YORK AFTERNOON'.

Snowboy (conguero) Sid Gauld (Trumpet), Paul Taylor (Trombone), Neil Angilley (Hammond B3 and Fender Rhodes), Nico Gomez (Bass), Davide Giovannini (Drums, Timbales and Vocals) and Dave Pattman (Bongos) + Marc Evans.
(Press release)
One of Europe’s finest percussionists and Congueros, Snowboy. has recorded or performed percussion with artists such as Lisa Stansfield, JTQ, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Deodato, Jon Lucien, Big John Patton, Airto Moreira, Herman Olivera and many, many more. More importantly, Snowboy is also the leader of Europe's leading Afro-Cuban Jazz group, Snowboy & The Latin Section, featuring the UK's most exciting and pyrotechnical jazz and Latin players: . 'New York Afternoon' features every one of them as always. But that's not all, Snowboy is also an in-demand DJ and a regular at the likes of the South London Soul Train’s bi-monthly sessions.
New York Afternoon is classic Snowboy drawing on jazz dance classics, salsa and mambo in a dynamic new recording which captures the block party feel of 1970s Latin jazz and early salsa. The all-important trademark Snowboy mambo style is present with an authentic cover of the Edmundo Ros classic 'Olé Mambo' and the original 'La Época Del Palladium'. The great influence of his mentor and friend, Eddie Palmieri, on the long, mean, dark and tense, 'The Triple Bluff' is there too. There is the epic and grandiose solo keyboard piece 'Cala Escarpada' by Neil Angilley and two heavy Salsa songs 'Tres Tambores' and 'Echalo Ya'. The distinctive vocals of Davide Giovannini are prominent throughout the album.
The album also features some very special guests, including the legendary House music vocalist, Marc Evans, from Baltimore on the title track a cover of the legendary Richie Cole and Eddie Jefferson “Jazz Dance” classic ’New York Afternoon’. 'Better' and 'Oxen Free' feature, and are written by, the incredible Boston-based jazz singer-songwriter Jen Kearney. The final guest is the experimental saxophonist, Pete Wareham, from Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear and Melt Yourself Down. Snowboy's long-time Saxophonist, Gary Plumley, was on sabbatical in India, so he asked Pete. Snowboy is a huge fan of his wild and uncompromising Free Jazz style and  Wareham’s unique style certainly brings something different to the album.
Not only is this Snowboy's 16th album, but after recording for over 30 years, New York Afternoon is his most unique and ambitious one yet.
www.snowboy.info
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(Editor): Latin Jazz is on the march - or should that be the conga? Whatever, music from the Carribean and all points nearby is on a roll. My intent last night. had been to dig the Cuban jam at the Jazz Café. Circumstances prevented that so, instead, I got my Daiquiri fix listening to Snowboy.
Check him out - this CD is merely sencasional!
Lance.

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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.
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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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