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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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Monastery of Sound: Early Bird Band @ Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival. August 27

(Review by Steve T).
Young Russell had realised he’d bitten off more than he could chew so my meagre reviewing duties had doubled. Then they doubled again. Oh, and can you also just do…
A few empty seats for the Northern Monkey Brass Band, on with their closing number - Jackson Fives’ I Want You Back - when I stuck my head in the door, but about sixty, which still looks pretty good in this theatre.

It actually highlighted a potential problem that, if the theatre was sold out and everybody wanted to head for the lounge for Zoe, and I’d strongly recommend they should, we’d have to remove the furniture to get them all in.
Early Bird Band
Saturday morning brought a good turnout, and not just the usual family and friends. Depping for Whiplash McKellar (sunning himself, and presumably Jazzing himself, in California) is never going to be a breeze but Rory Gardener, a very different drummer with different interests and influences, does a fine job, giving it crash, bang, wallop every chance he gets.
Edgy Dan Lawrence was solid on bass, as always, alongside FDT brandishing his new Custom Shop Gibson on its first outing. The revelation was Ben Lawrence, depping for Dr Phil, reading the piano parts but leaving the horn section – James Metcalf (trumpet), Andrew Hedges (trombone), Lord Paul (alto, flute) - ever so slightly under strength.
No originals this time and no Little Sunflower, but Blue Bossa, Au Privave, Manteca, Ladybird and So What, alto taking the famous Paul Chambers bass line which I would have preferred to go either to Dan or to Francis who played it to great effect with the Gala Big Band; but a tiny quibble.   
Not a vintage performance but they’re their own biggest critics, and the audience were more than satisfied.
Steve T.
Early Bird Band 
James Metcalf (trumpet), Andrew Hedges (trombone), Francis Tulip (guitar), Ben Lawrence (piano), Dan Lawrence (bass), Rory Gardener (drums) + Paul Edis (MD, alto saxophone & clarinet).

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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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