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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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Tyne Trio @ JRA Community Festival. May 16

Charlie Philp (guitar), Joe Reeve (tenor & alto saxophones) & Bev Morris (double bass) + Dominic Lodge (drums), Robbie Sherratt (violin), Courts Winfield (keyboards)
(Review by Russell).
The Tyne Trio, the Quayside Quartet, the Jesmond Sextet. An ailing, absent vocalist, the plot thickens. The core trio, formed in 2015, consisting of Newcastle University students Charlie Philp, guitar, Joe Reeve, saxophone and bassist Bev Morris, put together a sextet for this second evening of jazz at Jesmond Library during this year’s Jesmond Residents Community Association Festival. Alto saxophonist Dominic Lodge took the drum chair, thus the quartet, known as the Quayside Quartet, represented two-thirds of the musicians on the stand. The trio and quartet work the function circuit across Newcastle and for this public concert performance drafted in friends Robbie Sherratt, violin and keyboards man Courts Winfield to present two sets as a sextet to another sizeable festival gathering.
Vocalist Gina Devine was indisposed on the evening. In time-honoured fashion the show went ahead and Ms Devine will, no doubt, be heard singing at a later date. The printed set list (an indication of someone being organised!) read: STANDARDS/BALLADS (Possibly in order, who knows?). Coltrane’s Mr PC opened the programme. All Blues followed, an extended blow on Ain’t Misbehavin’ featured Joe Reeve on tenor and again on Take the A Train, the latter number heard Robbie Sherratt open up on violin.
A new name to BSH, Bev Morris, proved to be consistently good throughout the evening. Solid, no nonsense double bass playing, Morris is one to watch. His rhythm partner, Dom Lodge, known to BSH as a saxophonist, occupied the drum chair to good effect, handling variously bossas, calypsos, swing and blues. Courts Winfield (keyboards) read the charts, supported the frontline and took the occasional solo. So What and Night in Tunisia hit the jackpot; Morris at the right tempo, bandleader Charlie Philp fluent on guitar and Sherratt cutting loose on the former, Morris and Sherratt impressing once more on the latter.
It is clear that Charlie Philp put a lot of work into the two jazz nights at Jesmond Library,  hopefully, he’ll do it all again next year.
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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