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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.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

New release :Magnus Öström - Parachute.

Drummer Magnus Öström, a member of the world famous Esbjörn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.), is set to release his third solo album ‘Parachute’ on April 1, 2016.
The new album features the same band members as the two previous albums with guitarist Andreas Hourdakis, bassist and keyboardist Thobias Gabrielson and pianist Daniel Karlsson. Twenty years have passed since the hugely successful and critically acclaimed album ‘E.S.T. Plays Monk’ was released. ‘Parachute’ comprises eight original compositions by Magnus and also features Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick who guests on ‘The Shore Of Unsure.’
Although Magnus' solo career has been successful, the loss of Esbjörn Svensson in a tragic diving accident has been devastating. Music has helped him overcome some very dark times. 
Expressing his feelings Öström said,”During the years after Esbjörn’s death I have struggled to find my way back to life. Sometimes life has been ok, but at other times, it has been really dark. As for most of us, life has its ups and downs, but when I have been at my lowest when you don't see any way out, the music has always been there to save me, it has been my Parachute. This record is a celebration of music itself and to the energy it carries. It has helped not only me but also most of the people on this tormented globe that we travel on. As a temporary guest on this planet, I hope I will leave it a better place than when I arrived - I hope we all will do. That's what I'm striving for.”
'Parachute' Track Listing:
1 Dog On The Beach
2 Junas
3 The Green Man And The French Horn
4 Walkabout Bug
6 The Shore Of Unsure
7 Reedjoyce
8 All The Remaining Days

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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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