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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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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.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

CD Review: Not Now Charlie - Nostalgia Revisited

Jamie Toms (tenor saxophone), Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar), Richard Campbell (piano), Liam Gaughan (bass) & Dave McKeague (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Graduates of Sage Gateshead’s degree course, Not Now Charlie recorded Nostalgia Revisited at a gig in the upstairs room of the Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle. Nine tracks, written by Jamie Toms and mixed by bassist Liam Gaughan, showcase Toms’ flair for penning danceable, melodic tunes. The quintet’s cohesive, collective sound, recorded on the night by Mark Stafford, makes for a highly listenable album.
Tenor saxophonist Toms fronts the band, charting a melodic course and his four band mates clearly commit to enjoying themselves in the making of the music. The bulk of  several solo opportunities come the way of guitarist Pawel Jedrzejewski during which volume levels are commendably restrained with wah-wah and other effects deployed judiciously. The engine room boys nail the groove time and again. Gaughan and Dave McKeague (drums) are equally comfortable with a swing-time feel as they are with an energetic funk groove. McKeague’s groove brings it in on Hadath and It’s Not Me, It’s You; Gaughan dancing in and around all of the tunes, clearly enjoying himself. Richard Campbell’s keyboards anchor the compositions with Jedrzejewski the one given license to roam.
The self-effacing Toms takes a solo as and when, the group sound perhaps upper most in his thoughts. Nostalgia Revisited by Not Now Charlie, recorded on 12 February 2016 is available now. Visit: www.notnowcharlie.com        
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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