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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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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

In the Mood for the Glenn Miller Story?

On Friday Ray McVay returns to Sage Gateshead with his official UK Glenn Miller Orchestra. Seats for the matinee performance have been going like hot cakes. McVay’s band boasts an array of jazz and big band musicians out to put on a show. Christmas has been and gone, why not treat yourself to an afternoon of Miller classics such as Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and In the Mood?
American critic Leonard Feather wrote: Miller had a following among young swing fans comparable with nothing since the first Benny Goodman regime in 1935. After Miller’s untimely disappearance – in December 1944 – the band soldiered-on under the leadership of Jerry Gray and Ray McKinley. In the late fifties a young Englishman obtained the permission of the Miller estate to form a band to play the music of Major Miller. That young man was Ray McVay and he has been touring the world ever since, the keeper of the Miller flame.
Ray McVay’s Glenn Miller Orchestra will be on parade 3:00pm prompt, in Sage One this Friday, 30 December. To book your seats telephone 0191 443 4661.        

Russell.           

2 comments :

  1. I'm going!! And I'm certainly in the mood!

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  2. I've lost count of the number of Miller bands that have been going the rounds (both official and unofficial)over the years. Apart from Gray and McKinley, some of the ones I recall are Tex Beneke (why wasn't he in the film?), Ralph Flanagan, Buddy de Franco (Newcastle City Hall), Larry O'Brien and Herb Miller. Over here, we had Syd Lawrence, Chris Dean and, of course, Ray McVay. I'm sure the fans will love it. I expect all the 'hits' from the pre-war band will be rolled out as opposed to those from the AEF Band when Miller really DID have a band that swung! Ray Mckinley always had the edge on Maurice Purtill! Come to think of it, I saw McKinley at the City Hall too. I think there have been more Miller tribute bands than Beatles' bands!
    As it happens - well it is Christmas - The Glenn Miller Story was on TV this afternoon and, for all the inaccuracies, it's still a good film and I'm always close to a tear at the end even though 'Little Brown Jug' was recorded in 1939 and not 1944!

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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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