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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Alan Barnes & Paul Edis @ The Gala Theatre. Feb 10

Alan Barnes (alto sax & clarinet) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Doug Hollingsworth)
 Sleet, threatening snow, fell, making for a picture postcard backdrop through the windows of the Gala’s Studio Theatre. Tickets for this lunchtime concert sold out earlier in the week. The duo of Alan Barnes and Paul Edis playing a few tunes together guaranteed a full house with all seats in the one hundred capacity top floor Durham venue occupied in time for the one o’clock start.
On Green Dolphin Street for starters, a Jobim bossa, Alan Barnes (playing clarinet on this number only) suggesting to pianist Paul Edis that he could set up ‘a bit of a vamp’, with mid-winter swirling snowflakes licking the window panes, then a warming Blues in F, replete with not only Barnesian quotes but equally rapid-fire lines plucked from Edis’ memory bank.
Jimmy Van Heusen’s Here’s That Rainy Day an early highlight, the quality maintained with Monk’s Ask Me Now (Barnes enquiring of Edis: Are you going to be quirky?), a couple of the altoist’s own compositions, some Cole Porter, things were going well!
Barnes revealed that the only number they had played through prior to the doors opening was the mighty Charles Mingus’ Nostalgia in Times Square. This produced fine solos from the duo. What to play to close the set? Cherokee? ventured Edis. Oh, no! replied Barnes. They settled for every jam session favourite - Rhythm Changes. Barnes and Edis would later in the day meet up in Darlington.             
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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