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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.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Born to be Blue

(Preview by Russell/photos from Sight and Sound)
Following hot on the heels of Don Cheadle’s biopic of Miles Davis comes Born to be Blue. Director Robert Budreau’s film about the life and troubled times of ‘cool school’ trumpet icon Chet Baker features the bankable Hollywood star Ethan Hawke.  

Julian Joseph reviewed the film on Radio 4’s Front Row. The pianist observed: You get that sense of reverence in Hawke’s portrayal of Baker and the esteem in which he held Miles Davis.
Robert Budreau, interviewed by Trevor Johnston for Sight and Sound magazine (August 2106) said: Our goal was really to use Chet Baker as a way to tell a more universal story about the choices an artist has to make. On Ethan Hawke’s portrayal of Baker, Budreau said: We were so lucky to get him at that moment in his life when he was firing on all cylinders.      
Russell
Ethan Hawke (Chet Baker), Carmen Ejogo (Jane Azuka), Kedar Brown (Miles Davis), Kevin Hanchard (Dizzy Gillespie).
Robert Budreau (director), David Braid (original score and jazz arrangements).

Born to be Blue (cert 15) is to be screened at Arc, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Friday September 2nd at 5:30pm, Saturday 3rd at 2:00pm and again at 8:00pm, with a final screening at two o’clock on Wednesday 7th. 

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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.
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