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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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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Blue in Green

I got in the car yesterday afternoon, put the radio on and what should be playing but JRR and the unmistakeable sound of Grant Green. What a great player with a joyous solo style. The track was Jean De Fleur
Next track was pianist Barry Green (pictured with Emillia Martensson back in 2012 - ed.) in duo with bassist Dave Green! A lovely rendition of I'll be Around. He stayed fairly close to the melody but what a great pianist with an intimate style that really draws you in. I found it quite compelling. I already knew his name but not much about him. Had a look at his website. Some really beautiful playing. Anyone who doesn't already know of this fine UK player might like to check him out. 
Roly

1 comment :

  1. I totally agree with you Roly. A very fine player indeed. Back in the day when I was a semi-regular barfly at The Spice of Life in Soho, Barry was invariably the house pianist. As these were usually nights for wanabee vocalists Barry had his work cut out but, he never failed. Probably one of the best accompanists on the scene. A role he also performed admirably with Ian Shaw at Sage Gateshead a year or two back. And, of course, a superb solo player in his own right. No wonder you were hooked Roly! Throw in his unrelated namesake on bass and you have some very verdant music pastures.

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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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