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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.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Chris Sharkey Trio/Paul Edis Jazz Workshop @ Ushaw Jazz Festival 2017 - August 27

Chris Sharkey (guitar), Mick Barden (double bass) & Luke Reddin-Williams (drums) + Paul Edis
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Brian Ebbatson)
Earlier this year Chris Sharkey enjoyed an extended residency at Newcastle’s Jazz Café during which he explored classic material recorded in the ’50s and ’60s focusing on the in-the-moment creative impulse. The Gateshead born guitarist decided to continue with the project and concert performances elsewhere were mooted. An early Sunday afternoon set in the Francis Thompson Room at the Ushaw Jazz Festival attracted a ‘Sunday roast and broadsheet newspaper’ crowd.  
The trio – Sharkey, Mick Barden, double bass, and Luke Reddin-Williams, drums – opened with Stella by Starlight. Expansive improvisation concealed the familiar melody (from some) as Chris Sharkey developed ideas; first this way, then that, bass and drums with him all the way. The set observed convention; retain the melody throughout the extended solo, bass solo, and a round of fours. All Blues, then A Night in Tunisia with Reddin-Williams’ furious drumming taking it out. And that was set one. Three tunes, forty-five minutes. Miles and Trane did it, so too Chris Sharkey.
Second set, All the Things You Are, all fifteen minutes of it, at a lick. Terrific! Chris Sharkey asked festival director Paul Edis if he would like to join the trio. Sharkey: Paul, do you want to start this one off for us? Solos all round on Footprints. Terrific! Half an hour in, time for one final number. A heavily disguised My Funny Valentine. Once again, terrific! 
Photos.
Jazz Workshop with Paul Edis @ Ushaw Jazz Festival 2017 - August 27
Following his spot with the Chris Sharkey Trio, Paul Edis conducted an informal workshop sitting at the piano in the Francis Thompson Room. The participants included a young flautist, a vocalist and a lapsed alto player who fancied having a blow after x number of years. Dr Edis’ students explored the rudiments, singing in key, finding middle C on the keyboard. Elementary standard, perhaps, the  important thing is all students took something from the workshop and left with renewed enthusiasm for jazz and a determination to put in those 10,000 hours of practice.             
Russell

1 comment :

  1. By Sunday lunchtime it was really down to the diehards to turn up for Chris Sharkey. A shame, for me this was the second best gig of a festival where the guitarists had it, but I would say that wouldn't I. Short of a disaster the previous afternoon, there was really only second place up for grabs.
    The two sets were also very different from each other: a trio rather than Tulip’s quartet including piano, acoustic bass instead of pedalled-up bass guitar, and Sharkey, a southpaw, getting more sounds than he should be able to from a Strat against Tulip’s Gibson with a growing range of effects pedals.
    A shame the busy, boozy couple of days caught up with Tulip and he couldn't get his lazy a$$ out of bed so had to kick himself for missing a masterclass in cutting edge jazz guitar. Two sets of just three pieces each, including All Blues and Night in Tunisia, with contrast coming from Lord Paul guesting on Shorter’s Footprints, seeming to attempt to perform with every group across the weekend. But it's Jazz so it wasn't so much the 'tunes' as what they did with them. Brilliant.

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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.
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