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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Alice in Jazz Café Land

(Preview by Russell)
In less than nine months Alice Grace has made a considerable impact on the north east jazz scene. The 2015 Gateshead International Jazz Festival late night jam sessions held across the River Tyne at the Jazz Co-op’s Globe headquarters and the Jazz Café were a success, as they always are. Those fortunate to be present were knocked out by a voice new to the scene. Alice Grace announced her arrival in no uncertain terms.
 Wow! Who’s that? That was the response and the question. In no time Ms Grace acquired a band and began to play a few gigs. A sold out show at the Jazz Café couldn’t have gone better. Fast forward to last week at Hoochie Coochie…another fabulous performance, a fan club in tow, this was Alice in Jazzland! A Guildhall schooling, a NYJO association, Ronnie’s, the resumé says it all. Now based on Tyneside, Alice Grace can be heard this week with her band in the heart of Newcastle city centre at the Jazz Café on Pink Lane. Advance tickets (£5.00.) are available from the venue for Tuesday’s gig. You could pay on the door (£6.00.) but you risk being turned away as a full house is on the cards. To be sure of hearing Alice telephone the Jazz Café on 0191 222 9882 on Tuesday (the place is closed Monday) to reserve your ticket or call into Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road on Monday. The Alice Grace Quintet at the Jazz Café, Tuesday 26 January. First set at 8:00pm, doors from 7:30pm.
Russell.                          

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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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