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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 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, May 22, 2016

Last Night @ the Globe - The Alan Glen Trio. May 21

Alan Glen (pno); John Pope (bs); Paul Wight (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A warm, sunny, evening, a piano legend with his ace trio, Wylam Gold Tankard on draught, in a perfect world, the Globe was the place to be!
In a perfect world.
Sadly, we don't live in a perfect world.
I couldn't believe such a poor attendance for such a great trio. Downstairs, The Palominos pulled, upstairs the Alan Glen Trio didn't.
Nevertheless, the select audience showed their appreciation by their response to numbers such as, Solar; Time After Time; Love Letters; Body and Soul; Whisper Not; It's You or No One plus Glen originals, Big Deal in Ocho-Rios; Waltz in C and the premiere of Fast Forward, This brought us up to replenish Tankard time and to reflect on the state of play so far. The suggestion was that the cup final running into extra time may have caused the audience numbers to be small although it didn't seem to have affected the Palomino's party. What we did agree upon was the class of the trio. Alan Glen play's second fiddle (or should that be piano?) to no one, John Pope is never less than superb whether playing pizz or arco and Wight certainly knows how to swing a band.
So, whilst the audience were few in number, those who were there had that privileged feeling of having witnessed something special that had been denied the hoi-polloi.
Second set: All of You (ironic title!); Someday my Prince Will Come; You'd be so Nice to Come Home to; How Long Has This Been Going on?; Doodlin'; Love is a Many Splendered Thing; She Walks Into Mine; I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free; Cherokee.
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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