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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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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 16, 2016

Preview: Claire Martin w. Royal Northern Sinfonia - Let it Snow.

There's a lot going on on Sunday - Blaydon, Hartlepool, Coxlodge, Los Angelos, New York, Kowloon and elsewhere.
However, for those without vagabond shoes or whose passport or bus pass has ran out, then Sage Gateshead looks good. In fact, if you're in LA, New York or Kowloon and your passport is in order then you still have time to make it to Sage Gateshead for Claire Martin's Let it Snow concert.
Claire is one of those singers capable of stamping her magical touch on whatever the material. I've heard her with Ian Shaw; in a terrific triumvirate with Barbra Jungr and Mari Wilson; with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett; at various jazz festivals and, on Sunday, I'll hear her with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in a mix of Christmas Classics and Superb Standards.
Dismiss the notion that you've 'heard it all before' - believe you me, you ain't heard nothin' yet!
Trust me that Claire will be at the top of her game.
Why?
Performing on the concourse in a pre-concert session [6:30pm] are local duo Hand to Mouth - aka Bradley Johnston and Lindsay Hannon.
Lindsay will be setting a benchmark for Claire and six string Bradley, likewise, for the Sinfonia!
This is one concert I can't miss. I could even listen to Claire Martin singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer although I won't be brokenhearted if she doesn't..
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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