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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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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Jazz Café Jam Session - May 17

Pete Gilligan (pno); Katy Trigger (bs gtr); Russ Morgan (dms) + Johnny 'Blue Hat' Davis (ten); Charles Harrison (gtr).
(Review by Lance).
Sometimes, less can be more and such was the case tonight. For once the jammers weren't standing ten deep at the bar, jostling for position. Sticks twirled, reeds moistened, mouthpieces warmed the owners awaiting the signal from maestro Gilligan telling them that they were on next.
Instead, the trio played a longer first set with Katy Trigger on bass guitar standing in for Paul Grainger. The girl did good, her sound rich and undistorted; her solos meaningful.
Gilligan, on steam piano tonight, needless to say, was on form with a particularly outstanding solo on Chucho Valdes' Mambo Influenciado. Truth is, all three hit paydirt on this one with Russ Morgan in his element. Other delights included Sam Rivers' Beatrice, Autumn in New York and Alice in Wonderland. This latter tune an object lesson in how to swing in 3/4.
'Blue Hat' augmented the trio after the intermission blowing some gutsy tenor on Georgia, Cheesecake and the well-known Billy Taylor classic, I Wish I Knew etc.
Blue Hat rested whilst the trio played Polkadots and Moonbeams and There Will Never be Another You (or No More Sheep quipped Gilligan.)
The evening's second stander-up, young guitarist, Charles Harrison played Caravan followed by a tasteful version of A Nightingale Sang in W1J 5BE. I'd like to have heard more but it was now time for the number 27 caravan to take me to NE31.
Photos.
Lance.

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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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