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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.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

And they boogied on…

(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Kath Gowland.)
No sign of Mr B, perhaps he was out on the town catching up with old friends. At eleven, as BSH’s editor departed to his waiting carriage, the house lights went up. Amps off, and horns part dismantled, our American guests asked to play some more…
Amps on, horns hastily reassembled, we were up for a mega boogie. PG piano, JP electric bass, RM percussion, the late arriving Johnny ‘Blue Hat’ Davis blowing tenor, PG on alto and a full American compliment – tenor, trombone, guitar, double bass, drums and a front man vocal tour de force courtesy of our erstwhile singing piano player – stampeded down Route 66. The joint was jumpin’. They were up dancin’ not quite on the tables but near as damn it. More! More! They weren’t going anywhere.
The Jazz Café’s hard working bar staff taking photographs confirmed that this was one of those ‘I was there’ occasions. The Americans were having a ball, ditto the house band. To end, we went out on Up on Cripple Creek. The Band’s Southern fried swamp boogie kept everyone dancing as Davey Allen belted out the vocal, joined by Johnzo West and JP out front making it a harmonising vocal trio! In his earlier dispatch, BSH’s editor stated that ‘our guys held their own’. Absolutely right! A rocking Peter Gilligan, ‘Blue Hat’ tearing it up and Paul ‘Banana Bread’ Gowland showing our American friends a thing or two.
Russell.

            

1 comment :

  1. Damn - why does this always have to happen after we've left for home???

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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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