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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, December 12, 2016

Budtet @ Prohibition Bar, Gateshead - December 11

Jude Murphy (vocals, alto sax, flute); Fiona Finden (vocals, soprano sax); Stu Finden (tenor sax); Lin Lee (piano); Jim Crinson (double bass); Eric Stutt (drums) Dave Weisser (cornet).
(Review by Lance).
My first visit to the Prohibition Bar - a converted railway arch within staggering distance of Sage Gateshead - saw the Jazz Messengers inspired Budtet preaching to the converted - work to be done there. Fortunately, those pilgrims who did take the road to Damascus or, to be more precise, Brandling St. certainly got The Message in the opening number. A fast bebop groove with solos all round and scintillating fours 'twixt tenor and drums. 
A relatively unchanged programme from their last gig - why change a winning team? - didn't in any way lessen the enjoyment. Being Christmas, the obligatory seasonal song was included which, tonight, was Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. I doubt if you'll hear a better version than Jude Murphy's - in fact, you probably have to be called Jude or Judy to do the song justice. Jude did it justice. Apart from singing the words and the tune, her facial expressions add a third dimension to the delivery. Throw in some alto and flute (Corcovado) and you have the complete package.
Not that Jude was the only singer-saxophonist aboard. Fiona Finden of the curved soprano sang I Fall in Love Too Easily, Corcovado, All Blues, the challenging Ellington piece, Sound of Love and an original lyric based on Wes Montgomery's Four on Six.
Instrumentals included Moanin' and This I Dig of You. Jude also sang Teaneck, Walk Between the Raindrops and Days of Wine and Roses. I closed my eyes and I was hearing Anita O'Day.
Apart from Fiona and Jude, the Pretty Section, as Ellington used to say when he wasn't loving you madly, also included Lin Lee who once again stunned any chauvinists present with her piano playing. A star in the making.
The male half of the sextet, needless to say, weren't to be outdone with some fine Finden tenor, dynamic drumming from Eric and Jim Crinson ticking all the right boxes on double bass.
Then, just when we thought it was safe to leave, up jumps Dave Weisser armed with cornet and microphone.
Yardbird Suite and Take the A Train, the former had the horns performing as a vocal group and the latter a reminder that there were trains above us although I didn't notice them - this A Train was good enough for me.
Next Sunday, Dave and Jude are back at the Prohibition Bar with Big Muddy.
Lance.
PS: As I awaited the arrival of the number 27 I heard a couple who'd also been at the gig talking. "People should have been queuing down the street to get in!" said the man. "Agreed" replied the woman, as they occasionally do.

2 comments :

  1. Looks like I picked the wrong weekend to go under the camera.

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  2. Really nice review, thanks Lance - good to see you and Russell there last night

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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