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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.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Jazz Latin Groove @ The Globe: January 28














Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Summers (sax); Alan Law (piano); Katy Trigger (bass); Nik Alevroyiannis (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
It felt as if we were in sunny climes, not in cold Newcastle, as the band seemed to transport us abroad by way of bossa nova, bolero, the tunes of Horace Silver, Jobim, Chic Corea and even Stevie Wonder.
It all began with One Note Samba, a clever set of lyrics about coming back to that one note and also to ‘you’, right through to such songs as Little Sunflower; Afro Blue; 500 Miles High; Sting’s Consider Me Gone; Senor Blues; Corcovado; Spooky; Temptation (Tom Waits) and a couple of songs in Spanish. And each song performed by Debra with sweet-voiced rhythm, and superb solos from each band member.
Alan claimed to have found new organ-like sounds on the piano, to go with his wonderfully adventurous playing: Steve played soprano, tenor and baritone sax (his newest instrument) with aplomb, as well as adding one or two shakey items to the percussion: Katie was as skilled as ever on bass, with a clever bass solo on Spooky: and Nick did the percussion proud with some enthusiastic hand drumming on Afro Blue (on congas) and also delightful sounds on triangle during Corcovado, as well as playing the regular kit.  
I was sorry to have to leave during what I supposed was the last number, to go outside into cold Newcastle, but, with a bit of the sun inside me from hearing the music, the temperature wasn’t too low.
Ann Alex

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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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