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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

At the North Shields Jazz Band Ball!

(Preview by Russell)
Jazz at the Exchange! It’s like old times. Mike Durham’s series of classic jazz concerts at the then Saville Exchange on Howard Street in North Shields set the standard and now, in 2016, the rejuvenated Exchange venue is once again to host jazz. On Saturday, October 22, three of the region’s top bands unite to present a triple bill of jazz and blues. The hall and its raked seats are as before with cabaret style seating in front of the stage. The jazz starts at seven o’clock with the now legendary Rae Brothers. Mac and Dave know their Bolden from their Beiderbecke, steeped in the jazz of New Orleans. A jumpin’ blues session with Brian Lynham’s No Time for Jive follows at 8:15, and to round off the evening, Maureen Hall’s Rendezvous Jazz take to the stage at nine thirty.
The entertainment is scheduled to finish at 10:30, perhaps a shade later if you demand an encore! The Exchange is a matter of five minutes’ walk from North Shields Metro Station. Admission is £10.00. (seating at a table) and £8.50. if you prefer to sit in the raked seating to the rear of the hall. Give it a try, if you make it a success, you never know, jazz at the Exchange could once more be a regular evening gig at the coast.  
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.
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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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