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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.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Big Muddy @ The Globe - March 5

Jude Murphy (vcl/bs gtr/fl); Dave Weisser (cor/vcl); Gordon Brown (alt); John Haylock (bar); Lionel Hehir (gtr); Nigel Robson (pno/tmb); Stu Holiday (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Any venture involving Dave Weisser has got to be worth checking out - particularly when it also features his soulmate, the multi-talented Jude Murphy. Indeed, it was Jude who got the ball rolling with a gravelly, unaccompanied, flute blast before moving on to bass guitar as the rest of the band joined in.
It was a familiar sounding jazz-rock number that set the pattern of the evening. Nostalgia in Times Square followed. The Mingus classic was taken at quite a jaunty pace with solos all round.
The front line of cornet, alto, baritone and occasionally trombone made for a mini big band sound that delighted the well-attended room.
Both Jude and Dave had vocals with Jude pulling an old Nellie Lutcher classic out of the bag - Fine Brown Frame - and Dave breathing new life into Annie Ross' Twisted. With Mother's Day in the offing, Song For my Father helped to redress the balance and Blues in the Closet swung along nicely.
Dave sang Work Song and Jude gave us Black Velvet and Peyroux's Don't Wait Too Long
The set closed with Pick up the Pieces - a number associated with the Average White Band.
It had been an interesting start to the bands first gig.
Glasses charged, the second set opened with Street Life. I guess sound levels had been adjusted for this was a crisper, better balanced, ensemble. 
Jude announced Senor Blues as her personal Mount Everest with no less the six flats to cope with! And did she cope? Let's just say that her name now stands alongside that of Sir Edmund Hillary!
My Little Suede Shoes had Gordon shaking a shaker before passing it on to an enthusiastic member of the audience.
This was a fun evening! When he wasn't shaking, Gordon blew some fine mainstream alto and John Haylock was in Mulligan mode on bari. Robson alternated between delicate piano and boisterous trombone, Jude, along with veteran rockers Hehir and Holiday, kept things solid. Dave, needless to say, blew cornet in his own inimitable style, effortlessly playing the charts without any charts!
And so it went on, the band getting tighter (music-wise) by the minute with numbers by BB King and John Schofield among others. The well-deserved encore was Mustang Sally.
In my head I was still singing "Ride Sally Ride" as I boarded the 22 bus towards Central Station.
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.
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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