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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
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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.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Minnie & the Moochers @ The Globe/Papal Law @ The Jazz Café - April 9.

Minnie Fraser (vcl); Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Geoff Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance).
There have been many class artists and bands at the Jazz Coop's HQ, the Globe, but, to the best of my knowledge, I've never known it to be quite as crowded as it was last night!
Additional seating was brought from elsewhere, the patio doors were opened to accommodate the throng. Bottles of wine, pints of Wylam Gold Tankard and other forms of liquid stimulation were being bought as if it was the eve of prohibition and I began to think this gig should have been held in the nearby Arena!
Yet, apart from two well-known faces on the scene, I didn't recognise anyone! It was a bit like going to an office party that wasn't your office party!
Nor did I recognise the drummer although I may have seen him around at gigs.He, it would seem, was responsible for the crowd.
When the shindig eventually got underway, Minnie sang some tried and tested standards - The Very Thought of You; Ain't Misbehavin'; Body and Soil; Anything Goes and My Funny Valentine. She sang them well although I thought I detected a degree of nervousness that gradually disappeared. Gilligan and Grainger were on top form whilst Smith kept time.
The arrival of another dozen punters had me looking for the fire escape! Instead, I opted for the lift and the relative sanity of Newcastle city centre on a Saturday night. Photos.
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Still early so I popped into the Jazz Café for some Papal Law. John Pope (bs) and Alan Law (pno) were the Pontiffs in residence at the Pink Lane Vatican.
My Favourite Things; But Not For me; There is no Greater Love; 'Round Midnight; Blue Bossa; There Will Never be Another You and, I think, Goodbye Porkpie Hat were a choice selection before I left for my taxi which didn't turn up! 
An interesting evening!
Photos.
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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