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

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Miles Davis - the Painter

This afternoon I was doing the weekly wash. And what has that to do with BSH, you ask?
Well, I was tuned to Radio 4 as usual, and by chance ,I caught a 30-minute item all about how Miles Davis took up art in later life. He was taught by a woman artist with whom he had a close relationship until his death and he proved to be talented, with the same ideas about mixing and blending and the same eye (ear) for detail that he brought to his music, and the same experimental skills. And all this was accompanied by his sublime music.
I guess this will be available on iPlayer, so catch it if you can.Ann Alex







3 comments :

  1. I saw an exhibition of his paintings in Manchester. I have a programme somewhere which I must dig out.

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  2. I too visited the exhibition of Davis’ paintings at The Gallery: Manchester’s Art House. The Portland Street gallery hosted the European premiere of the trumpeter’s art work in November 1994. The exhibition catalogue’s front cover features a portrait of an angelic looking Miles. The back cover sees our hero in the (painter’s) studio. One of the works on show – Roots – was going for £25,000. I’d forgotten my cheque book.

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  3. Front and back cover, sent by Russell, now added to Ann's original post.

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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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