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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.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord @ King’s Hall. Nov 24

Emma Fisk (violin), James Birkett (guitar), Dave Harris (guitar) & Bruce Rollo (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Rarely can the King’s Hall have seen a crowd like this. All seats taken, it was standing room only at the back of the hall and down either side, some sitting on the floor. They were there to hear Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord. The quartet recently played a debut concert at Blaydon Jazz Club, evidently, word got around, this is one band you’ve just got to hear. 
Nine numbers in fifty minutes, solos receiving rapturous applause, ‘Vivre le Hot Club!’ Violinist Fisk asked the audience if they were fans of Django and Stéphane. A forest of hands shot up. One nil to Hot Club du Nord. Coquette for openers, the bewitching I’m Confessin’ – Fisk magnificent – and Django’s Belleville. Guitarists Dr James Birkett and Dave Harris (Newcastle University’s programme notes according him his Sunday name – David) shared rhythm duties as one or other took off on fabulous solo flights. The man at the back, Mr Bruce Rollo, slap bass exponent par excellence, surveyed the scene, taking it all in his stride.


Fisk dazzled some more on I’ve Found a New Baby (comp. Palmer-Williams) as diffident music students suddenly ‘got it’. Hollers, whistles, they were into it. McHugh and Fields’ Exactly Like You is something of a masterwork in the hands of Cécile McLorin Salvant or Mello Baku, and, as an instrumental, Hot Club du Nord. Minor Swing never fails, despite, as Fisk said, the tune isn’t really a tune, more a series of three arpeggios. No matter, it’s a must in a Hot Club session. To close, before students dashed to their afternoon lectures, a sure fire winner: Lady Be Good. World class musicians on stage in Newcastle upon Tyne. Check out Hot Club du Nord at www.hotclubdunord.co.uk       
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.)
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