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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 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.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

America’s Jazz Times Honours Its Own

(Report by Russell)
The big names - and the next big name - dominate Jazz Times’ Readers’ Poll of 2015. The magazine’s January/February 2016 issue makes for interesting reading. One name stands out – Joey Alexander. Voted no.1 New Artist, check him out on YouTube. A pre-teen piano sensation, you won’t believe what you see and hear!
2015 Artist of the Year is about to embark on a Britain tour. Gregory Porter took the honours. His Gateshead International Jazz Festival appearance (April 15) sold out more than six months ago! Kamasi Washington’s The Epic won New Release. A veteran of  the music picked up Vocal Release. Octogenarian Tony Bennett beat Cécile McLorin Salvant for his collaboration with Bill Charlap The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern. Pat Metheny edged out George Benson. Guitarist Benson is soon to tour the UK     (Sage Gateshead is on his itinerary). Marcus Miller, recently at Sage Gateshead, topped a ‘big name’ Electric Bass list with Esperanza Spalding second and Stanley Clarke third.  Terence Blanchard didn’t win top prize but he did place third in both the Trumpet and Composer categories behind Wynton Marsalis and Maria Schneider respectively.
Jazz Festival and Jazz Club awards inevitably stayed out West; Newport and Village Vanguard the names. The Brits? Joe Temperley placed fourth to James Carter in the   Baritone Saxophone list and Dave Holland similarly finished just outside the medals, taking fourth place in the Acoustic Bass poll to Christian McBride.    
Russell              

1 comment :

  1. I've just youtubed Joey Alexander - wow - absolutely amazing. Wonderful technical skills - and oozing with jazz feelings .......

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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.)
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