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Bebop Spoken There

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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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Jam Session @ The Empty Castle - November 20


(Review by Steve T).
Relocated from the Empty Shop to Durham Castle for one night only and a guest musician relocated from Birmingham for a sleep.
Logistics meant by the time I got there with a guitar it was already in full swing and sounding good.
Matthew Jacobs, playing keyboard, seems to be chief organiser in amongst his degree in maths and physics, which is pretty impressive in itself.
Dylan Purdes held on to the bass for the night and Will Elias was the second of two drummers but the other escaped before I could accost him. The tenor player who was up when I got there also got away.
Time for the locals to infiltrate and number one son didn't need to be asked once. Young Ben Lawrence had declined to bring a trumpet but Matthew managed to coax him behind the keyboard.
Some sound problems meant the next piece turned into a guitar trio - no problem - but once sorted, Ben looked and sounded great, all Glaspered up from his encounter with 'the great man' at Sage Gateshead last Thursday. Give him a vocoder and no doubt he'd have been singing along.
Matthew returned armed with a melodica for an inspired version of Hubbard’s Red ClayThe melodica was a toy instrument until reggae genius (not a word I use lightly) Augustus Pablo turned into a frontline reggae instrument.
For a reason nobody quite understood, the bar suddenly closed at 10pm but through the night they'd played Have You Met Miss Jones? All the Things You Are (obviously), There Will Never be Another You, The Girl from Ipanema, How High the Moon, How Insensitive, Anthropology and Mr PC.
Whether at the salubrious Castle setting in Palace Green, or the earthier Empty Shop in the heart of Durham City, this could turn into a classic night if the locals support it, both musicians and audience, through the coming together of the North East Jazz scene and students from potentially anywhere in the world.
Steve T.

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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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