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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 Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. 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, August 04, 2016

Ray Burns w. the Peter Gilligan Trio @ The Cherry Tree - August 3.

Ray Burns (vcl/hca); Peter Gilligan (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
August in Jesmond - the residents are now non-residents, sunning it in the Bahamas without their pyjamas as opposed to the alternative of being rained upon on Osborne Rd. However, a select few of those Jesmondites who hadn't deserted their native habitat found sustenance and song at the Cherry Tree.
Ray Burns was making his debut at the venue and seemed a little overawed by it all. Nevertheless, Ray's been around the block once or twice and by the time he hit Sweet Lorraine he was well into his stride with Messrs. Gilligan, Harland and Morgan providing the perfect cushion. It was unfortunate that it was after this pre-interval number that I had to leave. A sick computer decreed I made an early departure,
Prior to this, Ray had played and sang: Out of Nowhere; Ain't Misbehavin'; Masquerade; Misty and Girl Talk (instrumental) before finishing the set with the aforementioned Sweet Lorraine.
Yes, Lorraine was sweet, almost as sweet as my Eton Mess which was delicious beyond words although perhaps a little too much after Pan Fried King Prawns, Spicy Arabian Sauce, Fennel and Shallots which was my starter (Nicola's recommendation) whilst the Gilligan Trio's starter  was Have You Met Miss Jones?
Main course - Rump of Lamb, Baby Gem, Caramelised Shallots, Honey Fondant and Red Wine Jus.
Chapeau chef!
An enjoyable evening.
Lance.
PS: Computer now back up and running although the blog sidebars are still only walking!





















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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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