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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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Thursday September 21

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Tees Valley Jazzmen - White Horse Hotel, Burtree Lane, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington DL1 3AD. 1:30pm. Free. 01325 463262.

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Evening.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. Free.
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Courtney Pine: Black Notes from the Deep - Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR. 7:30pm. £25.60. 0191 4434661.
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Katie Mac (w. 6 piece band) - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Emma Fisk & James Birkett - St. Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth DH6 1LF. 7:30pm.
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Pocket Jazz Orchestra: Jazz & Tapas - No. 60, Arc, Dovecote St., Stockton TS18 1LL. 7pm. £10.
Tees Hot Club w. Alan Marshall (saxes); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.01642 678129.
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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

CD Review: Arte Del Duo - Mili Bermejo and Dan Greenspan

Mili Bermejo (voice); Dan Greenspan (double bass)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Bermejo hails from Buenos Aires and is a professor of music whilst Greenspan is from New Haven and is a cellist/ freelance bassist.
These two people have made much music over the last 25 years but this is their first CD as a duo. They are a couple in life as well as music, changing their direction after the traumatic events of 9/11, and deciding to live their lives in a manner closer to nature, and doing less music. They have now returned to music.

I have to confess that I have not listened to this jazz influenced CD in its entirety, but simply ‘tasted’ each track, because all the lyrics are in Spanish which I cannot speak, and I’m no expert in exactly what to listen for from the double bass. However I’ve submitted a review because I think this CD would be excellent listening for Spanish speakers, bass players and possibly guitarists and others. The singing is heartfelt and skilled and the bass is a full partner in the music and sometimes guitar-like. Many of the 12 tracks have an environmental theme and there is a brief outline in English on the CD cover, to explain the meaning of each track. For example, La Casa Del Arbol (The Tree House) is explained as ‘when the ills of the world take away my desire to love, I retreat to my secret refuge, where among birds and stars, I recover, becoming whole. If anyone reading this would like to give the CD a worthwhile hearing, perhaps we could arrange to pass the disc on via BSH.

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.
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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