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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. 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.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Noel Dennis Trio @ The Lit & Phil. April 22

Noel Dennis (trumpet & flugelhorn), Paul Edis (piano) & Andy Champion (double bass)
(Review by Russell, photo from a Jazz Café gig)
Another in the monthly Friday lunchtime jazz concerts at the Lit & Phil and another well-attended session. Noel Dennis has started to play more engagements following his return to the region following a stint working in Glasgow. The Glaswegians’ loss, our gain, it’s a treat to hear this most fluent of brass players in a small group setting.
Dennis recently resumed a working relationship with Paul Edis and Andy Champion and you would be hard pressed to hear a better trio. The Teesside-based trumpeter favours the Great American Songbook and its interpreters. Stella by Starlight opened the programme, Rodgers and Hart featured (My Funny Valentine) as did trumpeter and composer and firm favourite of Dennis’ Tom Harrell (Little Dancer and Sail Away). Trumpet and flugelhorn, Dennis’ endless flow of ideas never fails to impress. Intelligible, fully formed statements sets the Teessider apart from the rest. How he does it is beyond mere mortals (the Friday Lit & Phil audience) but his band mates Edis and Champion had little difficulty staying with him.
Wayne Shorter’s Fee Fi Fo Fum (solos all) and Bird’s Au Privave impressed, the latter at the to-be-expected high tempo. Noel Dennis took time out to plug Don Cheadle’s film of Miles Davis – Miles Ahead – saying he was keen to get to the cinema to see it. A good set at the Lit & Phil from a fine trumpeter, now let’s go to the cinema to hear Miles – another half decent horn player. 
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.
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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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