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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 9pm. 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, March 22, 2017

An embarrassment of riches @ The Jazz Café - March 21

(Review/Photos by Russell).
This one was off the scale! Hanoi Pete created an opening for a budding piano dep. Step forward Mr James Harrison. Superb piano playing from the off – A Train, Our Love is Here to Stay, tonight was going to be good. A cast of thousands assembled in the wings, Ray Johnson (flugelhorn) got in there early – Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise with Harrison fleetingly quoting Puttin’ on the Ritz.
David Gray, trombone, does Latin (DG does anything and everything). Mr Strictly Smokin’ Michael Lamb, trumpet, joined DG on Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Harrison incorporating something like a stride pattern), up jumped Alex Saxon on flute, drummer Matt MacKellar joined the party, the show was well and truly on the road. The joint jumpin’, this, the Jazz Café jam session the greatest free show in town!
Up jumped Paul Skerritt, perhaps the one man to match Harrison for sheer enthusiasm. Sway with Vince Webb at the upright, Skerritt and an A-list horn section of Lamb, Gray and Saxon (on alto on this one) upped the ante. The impressive Webb took it down on Tenderly joined by JP (John Pope) on something like a McCoy Tyner vibe. Radio star Debra Milne walked in with a bebop chart, then Lindsay Hannon did her thing on I Can’t Give You Anything but Love with Harrison resuming piano duties. Multi reeds maestro Steve Summers tried out his new toy - a baritone sax! Give him a week or two and he’ll be as proficient on it as he is on alto, soprano, clarinet, EWI, etc etc.


Who else? Oh, yes! Jamie Toms – excellent on tenor, Dave McKeague, drums, the business, then, at the death, Arthur Higgins on tenor. The rhythm boys, Messrs Paul Grainger, bass, and drummer Russ Morgan as good as ever. Time please! But not before Skerritt fronted a mini big band on Let the Good Times Roll. One observer commented: It has been an embarrassment of riches. Quite.           
Russell
James Harrison (piano), Paul Grainger (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums) + in no particular order (truthfully, can’t remember!)…Ray Johnson (flugelhorn), Michael Lamb (trumpet), David Gray (trombone), Vince Webb (piano), Matt MacKellar (drums), Alex Saxon (flute & alto saxophone), Stuart Collingwood (piano), Steve Summers (baritone saxophone), Jamie Toms (tenor saxophone), John Pope (double bass), Dave McKeague (drums), Arthur Higgins (tenor saxophone), Paul Skerritt (vocals), Debra Milne (vocals) & Lindsay Hannon (vocals) 


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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.
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