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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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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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Friday, February 26, 2016

Virtuoso Jazz Trio @ The Lit & Phil. February 26

George MacDonald (clarinet), James Birkett (guitar) & Bruce Rollo (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Nova Scotian George MacDonald played the Great American Songbook with friends James Birkett and Bruce Rollo. Brought up on Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, the genial ex-pat Canadian conveyed his love of the music, recalling his early childhood listening to his parents’ radio – the days of dance halls, a boy dancing with a girl, the coast to coast live radio broadcasts of the star names of the era.
Blues, After You’ve Gone, Somebody Loves Me. The Lit and Phil’s monthly lunchtime concert series presented the Virtuoso Jazz Trio. Word of mouth ensured the room was full to overflowing. Extra seating taken up, it was standing room only for some. Wave, arguably Jobim’s best-loved tune, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (programme notes suggested Berklee!) and It Don’t Mean a Thing encompassed bossa, ballads, and without question, swing. Mr MacDonald exudes a relaxed air. A professional classical clarinetist for three decades, the Virtuoso Jazz Trio is his other passion. More than two decades on the trio continues to delight audiences. Dr James Birkett, guitar, and bassist  Bruce Rollo worked empathetically from first note to last.
Two helpings of Hoagy Carmichael, back to back, showcased Mr MacDonald’s eloquent playing; Georgia and Skylark (the playful ascent of the songbird expertly evoked). Lady Be Good is the trio’s showstopper. Taken at a lick, the younger men (Messrs Birkett and Rollo) kept up with maestro MacDonald…just! Stompin’ at the Savoy didn’t let up and a Sweeat Georgia Brown (a beautiful typo in the programme notes) was just that... ‘sweeat’
Prolonged applause greeted the trio. Mr MacDonald asked if they could take the audience   with them! ‘Next time’ just happens to be tonight (Friday 26) at Ushaw College, Durham starting at half past seven. 
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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