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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.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Women Make Music @ the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - May 8

(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
Jazz North East presented a trio of duos in their latest Women Make Music series.
The evening began with the wail of a police siren as Diachronicx incorporated live samples into their new project The Great City. I must admit that Heller’s interaction with the Apple Mac whilst simultaneously putting over deep and meaningful lyrics was a bit of a distraction which was a shame because her singing coupled with Steve Glendinning’s guitar was excellent.
The last time I saw Beatrix Ward-Fernandez she was playing my favourite jazz instrument the Theremin. On Sunday night, she teamed up with Linda Kemp in Thermal Threshold. The two women sat on the floor with violins before them. Rather than using conventional bows the strings were strummed with an assortment of small chains and needles. With the addition of electronics and voice a hypnotic musical soundscape was created. It took a while to get into but by the end of the performance most of the audience, including myself, seemed to be quite enthralled.
The final duo of the evening saw Newcastle’s own rising saxophone star Faye MacCalman team up with veteran virtuoso percussionist Charlie Collins. The pair produced a fabulous improvised set. Collins entrancing the audience both visually and audibly with his wide assortment of instruments - the favourite of the night seemed to resemble a circular open aired birdcage. MacCalman played both clarinet and saxophone with great aplomb - the ranges of tones and sounds she is able to produce are awesome. The pair seemed to combine effortlessly to round off a thoroughly diverse interesting and entertaining evening.
Steve.
Diachronicx: Gabriele Heller (voice & samples), Steve Glendinning (guitar).
Thermal Threshhold: Beatrix Ward-Fernandez, Linda Kemp (violins, voice, electronics)
MacCalman/Collins: Faye MacCalman (saxophone, Clarinet),  Charlie Collins (drums)

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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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