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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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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 01, 2016

Sage Gateshead: Sisters of Swing, Barber and Major Miller

(Previews by Russell)
Tonight (December 1) at Sage Gateshead Laura Adams and the Paul James Band pay tribute to the Great American Songbook. Vocalist Adams, and bandleader and bassist Paul James, enjoy a high reputation at prestigious venues throughout the region and beyond as a polished, professional act whatever the occasion. In Sage Two (it’s going to be a full house – be quick, telephone the ticket office 0191 433 4661) at eight o’clock Adams, James and the band will present Sisters of Swing, a salute to the women who put the Great American Songbook on the map. And, the evening’s entertainment will raise a bucket full of money for Macmillan Cancer Nurses.


A week tonight – Thursday 8 December – the indefatigable Chris Barber will take to Sage Two’s stage with his Big Chris Barber Band. Now in his eighties, Barber packs
out concert halls throughout Europe and this Gateshead date will be no different. To guarantee a ticket – very few remain! – telephone the ticket office right now. Barber works with a first-rate band, his commitment to the music sincere and puts on a great show.


At the end of the month watch the skies…Major Glenn Miller will be parachuting into Sage Gateshead! Yes, Ray McVay, a Miller enthusiast for sure, brings his big band up north for another matinee performance in Sage One. The spirit of Miller lives on. Last year’s Gateshead concert featured vocalists Colin Anthony and Catherine Sykes. They return alongside McVay and his orchestra. Post-Christmas and you want to get out and about? Right, Friday 30 December, Sage Gateshead, three o’clock start. AEF uniform, civvies, whatever you fancy – you’re on patrol…American Patrol.  
Russell.           

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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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