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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 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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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Jazz Café Jam Session - March 7

(Review by Lance).
It was billed as being led by Steve Glendinning but Steve was elsewhere so it was Mark Williams in the hot seat.
Not that I was complaining. Mark, Paul (Grainger) and Russ set the bar quite high with Solar; Time Remembered and My Romance. A good start. 
It takes a brave guitarist to follow Mark Williams but Mike Smith made a valiant effort with some Ellington. Brandishing a Squier Telecaster he gave us a rather ponderous In a Sentimental Mood and Take the A Train that somehow had a Chet Atkins country feel to it - nice one.

Vince Webb occupied the piano stool for the rest of the evening. A very welcome addition to the Newcastle scene. Young Matt Mackellar is fast becoming a veteran, whilst Ian Forbes has long been a veteran. Both made major contributions to the evening as did Dave McKeague later and Russ Morgan earlier.
Four great drummers in one night!
John Pope on bass didn't do any harm either!
Alex Moniakis played good guitar on West Coast Blues then the horns moved in. Forbes (Don), Paul (Gowland) and David (Gray) played Softly as in a Morning Sunrise. It wasn't softly but nor was it morning so I wasn't Moanin' although they were soon after - they were on fire although Webb's solo on the Bobby Timmons' classic was surprisingly delicate.
Other numbers included There Will Never be Another You, Oleo and 27 - the latter being, of course, my bus which beckoned.
Another great night.
Photos. 
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. When I remarked that Steve Glendinning was billed, Mark replied, "I'll get my head shaved then I'll be able to play like Steve" - Irish humour, you can't beat it!

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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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