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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.

Friday, December 23, 2016

King Bee Xmas Party 2016 @ Hoochie Coochie - December 22

Dave Wilde (tenor/baritone/flute/vocal); Graham Hardy (trumpet/flugel); Chris Jelly (vibes); Steve Glendinning (guitar); Mark Hand (keys); Dan Brady (bass guitar); Jonathon Marriott (drums); Brendan Murphy (congas/perc.)
(Review by Lance).
Christmas is many things to many people. Last night it was one thing to many people - Funtime!
As the festively clad band struck up with We Got the Power the dancers took to the floor - bizarrely there were more men than women shaking their hips as Wilde blew the first of many solos. The groove was in.
Switching to flute for Who Do You Think You Are?, a number he, Dave, also sang. Indeed Wilde's vocal contributions seem to have increased somewhat adding a further dimension to a band Warren described as "The best band in Newcastle". I'd have added, "And much further afield" and I don't mean Gateshead.
Around about this time, Chris Jelly played a solo that sparked the thought that this was the best solo I'd heard all year - until he played another solo...
Other numbers included their greatest hit, Where's my Money Gone? and It's Too Late For me. There were plenty more but I was too busy enjoying the music and the ambiance to make notes.
Super-sub Graham Hardy slotted in nicely and the trumpet/tenor chase choruses were something else.
Marriott and Murphy exuded empathy, each anticipating and complementing the other. Glendinning, Brady, and Hand too were formidable both solo-wise and as a team.
Sadly, the evening had to end. The number 27 sleigh was in sight. As I was leaving, Chris Jelly was rendering God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen in the manner of  MJQ before the merry gentlemen funked it up.
It's on evenings like this that I conclude that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year!
Lance.
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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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