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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 Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Arun Ghosh @ Family Tent, Cheltenham Jazz Festival - May 1

(Review by Steve T)
With time to kill before an early evening gig I opted for this, even though it was part of the kids program. I've seen him a couple of times and he's great, I'll always listen to a tabla player, the tickets were a bargain and men are just big kids anyway.
I arrived during one of his biggies that I recognised from one of his albums and the previous gigs, the snake charmer playing his clarinet one-handed, waving his other arm in the air. No tabla, but upright bass and kit worked remarkably well through Bird’s Now's the Time.
Some kids sat with parents while others laid on beanbags at the front and there appeared to be lots of adults without kids. He had them (the kids) doing river motions to The River, rainfall to Rain, jumping up and down to Caliban’s Revenge and sleeping to La Lan Chu (forgive any spelling errors), which is Mandarin for Lullaby.
I’d met him after his last Sage Gateshead gig and he's the real deal, one of the coolest British Jazz artists on the circuit. As a British Asian growing up in Manchester, I've no doubt he's led a 'colourful' life, which came through in his relaxed, entertaining banter with the kids, though occasionally needing to retract things, so lots of explanations required from parents afterwards, but it was all good humoured and well received.
In fact everybody seemed to love it: kids, ladies, big kids and festival staff, his first appearance at the festival and I hope he'll be doing one of the main venues in the next few years.
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.
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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