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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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A full house at the Quakerhouse

(Review by Eales/Russell)
Alto saxophonist Ray Dales played to a full house at Darlington Jazz Club on Sunday evening. The upstairs room at the Camra award-winning Quakerhouse pub was full to capacity with the ante room as busy as the main performance space.
Bebop Spoken Here’s man covering the Darlington beat, Tony Eales, reports that Dales was on form from the off playing a set of standards in the company of  James Harrison, Anth Ord and Tom Chapman. For a while the early evening gig (it’s a six o’clock start) looked as though it could well be a Ray Dales’ solo saxophone performance as Harrison and the boys were nowhere to be seen! The Teesside-based pianist couldn’t find the pub and only just turned up in the nick of time. 

The trio is a regular working unit (Anth Ord, bass and Tom Chapman, drums) and, once set up, gave sterling support to the main man. Fans of Ray Dales can hear the man every Sunday lunchtime at the Park Inn, Hartlepool, sitting in the Musicians Unlimited reeds’ section, the roaring big band led by Mick Donnelly.
Tomorrow night though (Wednesday, October 12), the man in the pork pie hat can be heard at the Cherry Tree (9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond) this time with the Jeremy McMurray Trio. It has to be said that the man, deservedly, moves in the right company.
And the food at the Cherry Tree is great (Editor’s observation)
Next month (Sunday, November 13) should see another capacity audience in Mechanics’ Yard with the return of the brilliant young drummer Abbie Finn. An alumnus of Durham County Youth Big Band, now studying at Leeds College of Music, Finn is going to make it in the jazz world, no two ways about it, so get along to hear a fine talent working with her equally talented bandmates Joe Whettam, guitar, and Alistair Rhodes, bass.
Russell.         

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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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