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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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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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Monday, November 07, 2016

CD Review: Jeff Collins - The Keys to Christmas

Jeff Collins (keys); Sam Levine (sax); Steve Patrick (flog/tpt); Jason Webb (B3) and others.
(Review by Lance).
The first and, hopefully not the last of the Xmas CDs - they make lovely place mats and drink coasters and, you can never get enough of them over the holiday period. The downside, of course, is you feel obliged to listen to them which could put a damper on any Christmas soiree.

This one is, mercifully, without any vocals and, in truth, quite easy listening. I say 'easy listening' without any malicious intent for that is what it is. Laid back, it's a jazzified mix of the familiar, the over-familiar and the rarely heard. In the latter category is The Man With the Bag - a catchy ditty that helped Kay Starr, who sadly, died this week, to buy her Christmas presents back in the early 1950s.
I suppose I'll maybe play it again on Christmas eve/day then file it away for next Christmas by which time another dozen will have come along. With all these extra place mats and coasters, I'll have to throw a bigger party next year...
Released on October 7 (shop early for Christmas) the album comprises the following tracks: Hark the Herald Angels Sing; Oh Come All Ye Faithful; Joy to the World; Baby It's Cold Outside; The Man With the Bag; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Linus and Lucy; Go Tell it on the Mountain; Mary Did You Know?; Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow; What Are You Doing New Year's Eve; Carol of the Bells; O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
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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