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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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Finn Whettam Rhodes @ Quakerhouse, Darlington. Nov 13

Abbie Finn (drums), Joe Whettam (guitar) & Alistair Rhodes (bass) + Beth Roberts (alto saxophone), Omar Shade (tenor saxophone), Matthew Robinson (trumpet) &
Tom McDonald (trombone)
(Review by Russell/Photo from archive)
Drummer Abbie Finn came to prominence in the Durham County Youth Big Band. At present studying at Leeds College of Music, Finn recently made a big impression when sitting in at the Jazz Café’s regular jam session up the road in Newcastle. A Darlington Jazz Club engagement at the Quakerhouse is a home turf gig for Finn and no doubt felt relaxed about performing in front of so many familiar faces. Joining the drummer on an early Sunday evening gig were fellow Leeds undergraduates Joe Whettam and Alistair Rhodes.
The upstairs room in the ancient Quakerhouse pub on Mechanics’ Yard filled up with a large turn out there to hear one of their own. Finn Whettam Rhodes – a matter of equal billing – worked as a ‘standards’ trio: Nica’s Dream, Well, You Needn’t, a march-tempo drum pattern introducing On Green Dolphin Street, Finn assured, her bandmates a little tentative. Realising they were among jazz friends, Whettam and Rhodes began to play. Guitarist Joe Whettam, playing a Stratocaster, is a welcome departure from the student guitar shredding fraternity. The lightest of touches, timing, the ability to find space and refrain from filling it with another chord, another note, Whettam impressed. Footprints featured the guitarist and Solar featured the trio, with Alistair Rhodes undemonstrative, occasionally singing along to his bass solo, closing the first set.
Second set: Finn opted to use brushes in the close confines of the award-winning Camra hostelry with an effortless round of fours on Tadd Dameron’s Ladybird. Bassist Rhodes won applause for a considered solo on a seasonal Autumn Leaves and the trio impressed with a delicate reading of All the Things You Are. Darlington’s next generation (a year or two younger than Abbie, Joe and Alistair) sat in on a couple of numbers including There Will Never Be Another You. For the record, the four names to note: Beth Roberts (alto), Omar Shade (tenor), Matthew Robinson (trumpet) and Tom MacDonald (trombone).       
Finn, Whettam and Rhodes are a fine example of jazz education in action. There is little doubt we’ll be hearing more from the trio in future, and, before too long, many others!
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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