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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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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bradley Johnston Trio @ The Globe - September 10

Bradley Johnston (gtr); Katy Trigger (bs gtr); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Great North Run weekend. Newcastle awash with visitors - thousands of them! So why didn't some of them jog down to The Globe? One assumes that a small percentage of these athletes would be into jazz.
It would appear not. The only Great North Runner present was me - backdated to 1981!
Most of the Jazz Coop regulars were absent - no doubt in training - but, nevertheless, the audience numbered at least, twice as many as the number of musicians on stage which was a plus. On the minus side, if it had been held in the upstairs jazz bar the few would have seemed more and anyone jogging by would have been able to slake their thirst without coughing up a fiver!
Rant over,
Musically it was brilliant. The three players are now so well established on the local scene that I can understand the Coop's expectation of a decent turnout.
However, the best-laid schemes...
The Music.
Bradley opened up  with a solo rendition of Send in the Clouds, as arranged by Louis Stewart and he did the late Irishman proud despite the fact that the clowns didn't arrive. Straight into All the Things You Are and the trio is firing on all cylinders,
Here's That Rainy Day; Blues For BJ, composed for Bradley by his mentor and often duo partner James Birkett, Body and Soul and Donna Lee brought the set to a close. 
Over the river, at the Prohibition Bar in Gateshead, Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord were playing so maybe that's where the guitar fans had migrated to.
Still, I'd have thought there'd have been enough of them to fill both venues!
The second set began with The Waters of Tyne. A traditional tune dating back to 1793, Bradley gave a sensitive and emotive interpretation which, him being a Wearsider, must have been difficult!
Coltrane's Giant Steps; Bird's Blues For Alice; Metheney's Farmer's Trust; Four Brothers and Cherokee completed the set.
All three players excelled. Bradley is developing so rapidly that, if he'd been a runner, he'd have been challenging Mo Farrah. Russ simply astounding and Katy as inventive a bass guitarist as you're likely to find in any lineup.
Photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. So wish we could have been there but we already had tickets elsewhere. Why was there so much great music on last night?

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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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