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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

The Blue Jazz Quartet @ The Globe, December 10

Jeff Smith (ten sax, sop sax); Keith Barrett (guitar); Dave Parker (bass); Michael Howard (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo courtesy of Minnie Fraser).
The band is normally a quintet/sextet with piano and/or soprano sax but tonight’s rearrangement worked well, with the sax mostly taking the lead followed by solos all round. All performed with the skill and aplomb that we’ve come to expect from this band, especially in the second set, where the audience doubled with the entrance of a group of young men who’d found out about the Globe from Mr Google. I hope they come back soon.
No Moon At All (an intriguing lyric, by the way), followed by Barrett’s guitar lead on West Coast Blues, with simultaneous sparse notes from tenor sax, and a skilled guitar solo.
The Shadow of Your Smile, done as a bossa nova, with Michael making his mark on drums. In fact, some of the best numbers of the set were Latin or bebop inspired tunes, such as Jelly Roll (Mingus), with military drums to begin with, a typical angular tune, rounded off with loud tapping drumsticks and the bass complementing each other. I also liked Footprints, a bass opening, which became repeated riffs with the rest of the band, then a bass solo. I missed the title of the boppy tune in which the drums went somewhat berserk by producing all the sounds possible from the drum kit during exchanges of 4’s. 
The band obliged with Moanin’ as an encore; all did signing off solos, including the drums, with lots of cymbal sounds to help the other solos along. The other tunes played included Watch What Happens; Can’t Help Loving That Man Of Mine; East Of The Sun; Bye Bye Blackbird; Blue Monk; Alice In Wonderland.
Oh, I forgot to mention Skylark which was serenely played with two choruses from the tenor sax, and an excellent guitar solo, which had a calming effect amongst all the bebop numbers. Another great night at the Globe.
Ann Alex

1 comment :

  1. Looks like I picked the wrong weekend for a hospital visit.

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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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