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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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Friday, August 26, 2016

Latin Jazz Groove @ Hoochie Coochie - August 25

Debra Milne (vcl); Steve Summers (ten/sop/fl/perc); Alan Law (keys); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Katy Trigger (bs gtr); Mark Robertson (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A formidable line-up! After an impressive instrumental opener, Ms. Milne managed to convey a suggestion of Brazil with Antonio Carlos Jobim's Wave, although the weather outside was more related to the rain forests of that country. This really is a weekend for Latinos with Havana Club 5 at Bar Loco on Saturday and the Argentinian Tango Jazz Quartet at The Globe on Monday.
After Equinox, Steve Summers played a cadenza-like intro on soprano to Spain before Debra joined the party. I'm always impressed by the way she handles the difficult lyric at speed and in unison with Summers sax.
Dr Summers was in fine form on his various instruments which included congas, cabasas, tambours and other mysterious rhythmic devices as well as soprano, tenor and flute.
Afro Blue and Senor Blues were others featured in the first set. Alan Law, resplendent in a Cuban titfer, was as ever the man for the job whilst Bradley, making his Hoochie debut, didn't fail - does he ever? Mark and Katy kept it all together and Debra was - well Debra! Ambitious as always in her choice of material - fortune favours the brave! 
I left before the end, bloodied, but unbowed! No, I hadn't been in a punch-up but, for some inexplicable reason, I suffered a nose bleed! The claret flowed as freely as that of the loser of a one-sided Pier Six brawl, and, although a temporary solution was accorded, I felt obliged to leave before the end, rejecting the suggestion that the good doctor should lay down his sax and apply his wisdom to my plight. A piece of paper towel stemmed the flow which is probably what he too would have prescribed. Nor was I ready to approach Debra - she's a pathologist!
Photos.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. So thats what happened - I thought id played a wrong note. Proof that you really cant see anythig thats going on in the audience from the hoochie stage and its lights. Hope all is well Lance

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  2. In the old days a nose bleed heralded pregnancy!

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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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