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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 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.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Garland and Paterson reactivate Lammas in Eyemouth














(Press release)
Saxophonist Tim Garland rejoins his partner in Celtic jazz group Lammas, guitarist Don Paterson for three Scottish gigs this month including a visit to Eyemouth Hippodrome, a few miles north of Berwick upon Tweed, on Saturday 11th February.
Garland, who subsequently joined Chick Corea’s The Vigil and enjoyed a three-year post as Composer-In-Residence at Newcastle University, co-led Lammas with Paterson throughout the 1990s, recording five albums and touring widely before Paterson’s work as a poet and demand for Garland talents as a saxophonist and composer caused an amicable split in 2000.
As well as The Vigil, Garland went on to play with Bill Bruford’s Earthworks and in Storms/Nocturnes with vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Geoff Keezer as well as fulfilling commissions from the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the London Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony and BBC Concert orchestras. He premiered his Re:Focus, a re-imagining of Stan Getz’s 1961 orchestral album, Focus, at Wigmore Hall during London Jazz Festival in November.
Paterson’s work as a much-decorated poet has seen music taking a back seat for much of the past decade but he returned with a new band early last year and for the upcoming gigs he and Garland will be working with keyboardist Steve Hamilton, who is currently between tours with drummer Billy Cobham’s band.
The Eyemouth Hippodrome gig launches a new jazz season at the venue, with guitarist Nigel Clark following on 11th March, saxophonist Brian Molley’s quartet on 29th April, Edinburgh collective Playtime on 13th May and Peter Whittingham Jazz Award winning Glasgow quartet, Square One on 3rd June.
“Tim and always I kept in touch and we’ve played together a few times informally since Lammas,” says Paterson, who also plays St Andrews (25th February) and Glasgow (26th) with Garland and Hamilton. “But these will be the first gigs we’ve done together in sixteen years and I’m really looking forward to working with him again in what is to all intents and purposes a Lammas reunion.”

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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.
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