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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474. Doors 7pm. £7.
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 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.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

GIJF Day 2: Miles Mosley @ Sage Gateshead - April 1

Miles Mosley (Bass/vocals); Dontae Winslow (trumpet); Ryan Porter (trombone); Cameron Graves (keys); Tony Austin (drums).
(Review by Steve T).
Hot-footed it from Dundee via North Bitchburn to get to this and I'm sticking to my guns that it was the real coup of the festival. When Kamasi's in Sage One and Kendrick, Lotus and Thundercat are at Metro Radio Arena, we'll be saying we saw the bass player at Northern Rock Foundation.
I half expected to see faces from a former life, George Clintons P Funk Mob being the nearest comparison I can make, though Kamasi cites Earth Wind and Fire as the major funk influence. The Jazz content is pretty much comparable for each.
I've been doing this long enough and often enough to know that expectations can lead to pleasant surprises but also disappointment and I attended this knowing it might not be all I hoped for.
It wasn't the breakthrough of my highest expectations but was a funky, fine way to finish off a Saturday night. The songs were good if unremarkable, mostly from his new album and it was great to be able to buy the CD, though some people seemed to know all the words to all the songs already, and why were they £15 when the people collecting the money are the same people who claim nobody wants them anymore?
The musicianship was strong throughout the small band of drums, piano and just two horns and, significantly, they were tight, as you'd expect from a band of brothers, figuratively speaking. I was stood in front of one of the amps which was comfortable when he wasn't playing his upright, loud when he was and exploded when he attacked it with his bow, often through a cry-baby, and I can't wait to hear how that sounds on the album.
The pianist played the funkiest acoustic piano I've ever heard and I found myself looking for a clavinet player, and the drummer may not have been the best in the world, as one audience member suggested and Miles agreed, but it's quite possible he's been dipped in the Tyne.
The audience included many who appeared to arrive specially, or were a hangover from GoGo etc,. and responded to calls of West Coast with the response Get Down, though only tentatively put the words into action, which may have been a blessing.
Tyneside may not have moved as much as the faithful may have liked, but I still think a fusion with hip hop is most likely to be the next big thing in Jazz, which will be great for young people to have something of their own. Three CDs of Kamasi’s Epic was probably too soon, Glasper going R+B a mistake, and Thundercat pulling in a famous popstar to gain radio airplay, not the way we'd like things to go. 
With Europe going for an even freer approach and Britain edging toward a smooth, prog, Jazz, funk, rock revival, based on the original American model before a visionary Yorkshireman spotted the error of their ways, the West Coast Get Down need to get on with it.
Steve T

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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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