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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 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.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Newcastle Arts Centre - December 17

(Review by Lance)
The police sirens were going, the ambulances were trying to get through the traffic, the pavements were awash with mini-skirts and tee shirts. The carousers had taken over the city centre. Was this typical of the Saturday before Christmas in Newcastle? No, just typical of any Saturday night in Newcastle.
Things were more sedate in the Arts Centre, well they would be, wouldn't they? The start was slightly delayed as many of the fans were stuck in traffic or unable to get parked.
Eventually, the annual juggernaut started rolling and... 

Well, as the programme was virtually the same as Friday night's, described so graphically by Russell in a previous post, and as I totally agree with his assessment, I'm not going to post chapter and verse. Rather a few comments relevant to the evening.
In the first set, the band were on form with all the usual suspects vying for the number 9 shirt. However, the balance wasn't perfect and the vocals were, at times, almost inaudible. Fortunately, come the second set, this seemed to have been sorted out.
The second set - the Christmas Set - certainly silenced anyone who bah humbugged Christmas. These arrangements would have hit the jackpot at Easter, Septuagesima and all the other 'special days'. The Strictly Smokin' 'mothers' could redefine Mothering Sunday. 
I headed for the Metro, but not before snapping Alice with Patti and Mary - her two biggest fans after Russell and I and, eventually, the rest of the world.
At Central Station the cops were trying to 'cuff a man who wasn't having any of it. Backup was called for.
The queue for the Metro was about 10 miles long (at a guess) so I opted for the good old 27 bus which was only 10 minutes late.
Yes, same old Saturday night.
Lance.
Michael Lamb, Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey (trumpets); Kieran Parnaby, David Barnes, Tom Dowling, John Flood (trombones); Paul Gowland, Jamie Toms, Steve Summers, Keith Robinson, Laurie Rangecroft (reeds); Graham Don (piano); Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar); Michael Whent (bass); Steve Wall (drums); Alice Grace (vocals) & F’reez (vocals)

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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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