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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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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.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Alan Glen Trio @ The Globe Jazz Bar - January 12.

Alan Glen (piano); John Pope (bass); Sid White (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Coldest night of the year, snow, tidal surges and strong winds forecast. The heating in the downstairs bar had also failed. What else could go wrong?
Nothing!
Not with the Alan Glen Trio playing in the upper room - the temperature seemed fine up there.
Must have been the music.
The Glen Trio can warm up any room!
The north-east is blessed with many fine players and Alan Glen is the doyen of them all, Despite his four score years he can hold his own. There may be a barely discernable decrease in dexterity, although I didn't notice it, but, if there is, he makes up for it with the ever-evolving flow of ideas he transmits to the keyboard via head, heart, soul and fingers.
He was on form.
This was the A-Team.
John Pope, on bass, is Premier League - maybe even Champion's League - his solos, always full of humour without losing the plot. He swings and does it in a sympathetic and melodic way.
Sid on drums drives things along nicely and his kickass solo on Tune Up was full of dynamics, rhythmic permutations, and some explosions that would have caused the building to be evacuated had the bomb squad been passing by!
This is a trio that has developed over the years, with changing personnel, into a band that will be, ranked alongside the great Newcastle bands of yore.
How's about suggesting who those bands are?
Getting back to the gig.
If I Should Lose You; Here's That Rainy Day; It's You or No One; Everything Happens to me; East of the Sun; Waltz in C*; My Funny Valentine and Milestones took us up to intermission.
Time to recharge our glasses, A Red Kite flew in from Wylam and set me up for more music.
Solar; My Romance; I'll Close my Eyes; My Foolish Heart**; Yardbird Suite; Easy Go* and Tune Up completed the 'official' programme before Blue Monk - the bonus ball - brought the show to a close. A great gig that, in a perfect world, would have filled the neighboring /arena.
In a perfect world...
Lance.
* Alan Glen original.
** If this gig had been in December, My Foolish Heart would have been the ballad performance of the year. As it is, who knows?
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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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