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

Thursday, December 08, 2016

CD Review: Chicago Stompers - Sing...It's Good for You!

(Review by Lance)
The philological use of vintage musical instruments, instrumentation, and inspired period clothes, together with a unique, peppy and sparkling show, is the most distinctive feature of this ensemble, which has already tread the boards of the most important “classic jazz” events in the world
So reads the words on the band’s website. As this young Italian band played at Whitley Bay in 2008/2009, who’s going to argue?
The music covers the period circa 1924 - 1934. Jazz? Hot Dance Music? A mixture of both. They do it well although one asks the question, as has been asked elsewhere recently, why? Why do musicians, many under 30, elect to play music from their grandparent’s era? Why indeed? One could pose the same question as to why musicians play Beethoven rather than Stockhausen or John Cage or actors play Shakespeare. Answer is simple – art is timeless. Do it your way and to hell with fashion!
Getting back to the Chicago Stompers, There are moments here that are reminiscent of early Ellington, Fletcher Henderson as well as Goldkette and Whiteman. They do it well with lots of hot choruses – are Bix, Tram, the Dorseys etc. really dead or did they become reincarnated in Italy? – and, with vocals in the manner of Ruth [Etting] or Annette [Hanshaw], this will keep you going until the next gig by the New Century Ragtime Orchestra
Don’t look for any flatted-fifths, roll back the carpet, call you’re number one flapper, and polish up your shimmy. Then, afterward, you and your flapper could just sit back and relax with cups of gin from the bathtub.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. Shimmy? Black Bottom? Booty Shake? Whatever your dancing style, groove yourself silly with this young Italian band! The CD can be ordered direct from them - email ......

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    1. that's email at info@chicagostompers.it .....

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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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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