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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guests Don Fairley (trombone) & Maureen Hall (vocals).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Beatrix Ward-Fernandez Improv Workshop @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle March 8










The pre-evening gig was preceded by an afternoon Improvisation Workshop led by Beatrix Ward-Fernandez with a decent turnout for the session. This started with a general discussion around improve and its impact on the individual, the players and the audience.  Then straight in to some improv practice – using cards as keys to different forms of stimulus / expression, directed by Beatrix who conducted the changes. Quite an acceptable result considering the diverse range of participants !   And finally a free-improv session where Beatrix joined in on the Theremin (Etherwave Pro) with similarly good results but with an obvious freer form overall.  After the Workshop, those in awe of the Theremin took the opportunity to ‘have a go’.  Compared to the  ‘standard Etherwave’ it has a much broader range of pitch (goes much, much lower !!) and is ‘easier’ to control for both pitch and volume.  Instructional classes are recommended for those tempted to progress !
Ken Drew.

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