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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 08, 2017

Quantum Illusion/Chris Cundy @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - March 5
















Trevor Watts (alto and soprano saxophone) & Veryan Weston (digital key station) + Chris Cundy (bass clarinet)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew). 

After a couple of fairly straight-ahead gigs this last week I was ready for something a little more challenging and Sunday night at The Bridge did not disappoint. Watts and Weston are pioneers of Britain’s free jazz scene and have played together many times. Fortunately, in the case of this dynamic duo, familiarity breeds creativity. Watts on both alto and soprano sax blew all the cobwebs away with the power and intrigue of an old master. Meanwhile, Weston, on a digital key station, was simply a revelation I have never seen an electronic keyboard played with such gusto and passion. The sum of the parts produced a memorable set of uplifting free jazz. In fact, when they had completed their performance I couldn’t believe that 45 minutes had passed so quickly.

Earlier in the evening saw a virtuoso performance from Chris Cundy on bass clarinet. The instrument has a great range of tones but Cundy managed to produce an unprecedented array of effects with his phenomenal technique incorporating multiphonics and circular breathing. The original pieces related to folk dances, trees, wood and swamps. The final piece was somewhat ominously named Burial but it was far from a melancholy affair. An extraordinary performance thoroughly appreciated by all present
The evening concluded with all 3 musicians coming together to perform a couple of marvellous improvised pieces. Not everyone’s cup of tea I’m sure, 
but for those who like something a little less sweet with their beverage a quite delicious offering.
Steve H.

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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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