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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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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Eyemouth harbours jazz ambitions











The Eyemouth Hippodrome in Berwickshire launches a new programme of jazz concerts when the venue welcomes the New Focus Duo on Sunday, September 18.
Consisting of Scottish National Jazz Orchestra saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist-composer-arranger Euan Stevenson, New Focus Duo is the scaled down edition of a group that can comprise jazz quartet, string quartet, concert harp and flute and features on two albums, the most recent being New Focus on Song, which was released on Whirlwind Recordings in August.

The September 18 concert is the precursor for visits to the coastal town, which lies just nine miles north of Berwick-upon-Tweed, by violinist Jyotsna Srikanth’s Indo-jazz fusion group, Bangalore Dreams on November 19 and Paris-based Californian pianist Louis Durra’s trio on November 27.
“We’ve wanted to expand the range of music we promote for some time,” says the venue’s programmer Paula Tod. “There’s been a strong folk and traditional music presence but to hear high quality jazz regularly people around here would normally have to travel down to Newcastle or up to Edinburgh. We promoted a concert by the Italian guitarist Simone Gubbiotti’s trio in May and the audience response was positive, so we’ll be interested to see how the New Focus concert goes. We’re really looking forward to having them here.”
A further series of monthly concerts is planned from February to June, including saxophonist Brian Molley’s quartet, Edinburgh collective Playtime and young Glasgow quartet Square One, and Paula Tod is hoping this will help to establish jazz as a regular feature of the Hippodrome programme in the long term.

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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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