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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, August 22, 2016

James Peacock @ The Vermont Hotel. August 21

James Peacock (piano)
(Review by Russell)
Walking by the Vermont Hotel, it seemed like a good idea to call in to catch some of James Peacock’s solo piano set. The establishment’s Sunday afternoon piano slot has become a fixture, and a welcome one at that. Some of the best pianists around play on Sundays at the hotel, so, if you’re stuck for somewhere to go on a weekend you could visit the Vermont for teas and cakes, a glass of wine or perhaps a pint of the exclusive house beer brewed by Wylam Brewery.
A party of ‘ladies’ were partaking of cakes, a couple sank into Chesterfield armchairs, few, if any, were listening so James Peacock played a selection of tunes to suit himself.      Just the Two of Us, a Satie interlude and Lullaby of Birdland. Good choices, tastefully played. The hotel remains committed to regular jazz sessions, the musicians get paid, a      
simple arrangement. Long may it continue.
James Peacock plays at the Vermont from time to time, check Bebop Spoken Here for a gig list of up coming performers. Sundays at 2:00pm, Fridays at 6:00pm, and Saturdays from seven o’clock. 
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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