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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 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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Monday, September 05, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Dave Weisser, Alan Law and Others; Sept 3

 Dave Weisser  (vocals, cornet); Alan Law (piano); Jude Murphy (flute); Peter Ninnim (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
This was advertised as a duo with Dave and Alan, but it had morphed into a quartet, such is jazz. And the additions were more than welcome.  Jude was brilliant on flute, with both sweet and husky tones, sometimes it seemed like both together, swirling, jabbing, bending, some of the best flute I’ve heard for ages, in both jazz and folk company. Peter kept the beats going in the well-competent manner that we’ve come to depend on. And Alan had been teaching that afternoon at the Sage/ Jazz Co-op workshop: if he was tired it didn’t show as he was playing like the master that he is.
good thing about this gig was the chance to listen to a man singing for a change, as far more women do it locally.  The style was easy, relaxing to hear, with occasional higher pitched tones and well placed scat, with interludes of muted cornet, a wonderfully evocative sound, which reminds me of New York. I’ve never been there, so this is completely from my imagination, such is jazz.
 The playlist included All Blues; Girl Talk (with amended less sexist words); The Life I live; Dindi (with the verse); a slow version of Makin Whoopee; Nature Boy (as requested by someone in the audience); Fool’s Paradise (a warning against drink and fast living); Retro Logic (a Steely Dan song); Estate; Willow Weep, and one or two others that I didn’t catch the titles of. A typical arrangement from the band was the way they tackled Little Sunflower: Cornet and flute played in harmony, gorgeous sound, then the flute went lower, Alan appeared with a lively piano solo, then came the voice with quick flute comments between lines of the song.   
Yet another successful offering from the Jazz Co-op. The next 2 gigs feature younger musicians, The Bradley Johnson Trio next Saturday 10, then the following Thursday 15, we have Not Now Charlie.
Be there!
Ann Alex

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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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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.)
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