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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.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

GIJF Day 1 - Before and After

Once again the Serious bandwagon pulled up at Sage Gateshead for the annual International Jazz Festival.
Clare Teal gave an absolutely stunning performance which will be reported in detail later by Ann Alex.
However, prior to the main event, Paul Edis and students from the BABMUS course gave an impressive performance down on the Concourse. I only heard snatches as I was ensconced in the 'hospitality tent' (somebody's got to do it!) but what I did hear sounded good. Tom Dixon's Take 5 impressed as did the vocals from the various ladies in black.
After the enthralling performance by Ms Teal we headed for the number 27 only to be stopped in our tracks by some intriguing sounds from the Prohibition Bar which is situated midway between Sage Gateshead and the bus stop.
As the 27 was still a couple of pints away, this seemed like a suitable place to wait.

On stage, the Peg Powler Band were playing an appealing mix of folky western swing. Because of the lateness of the hour we only caught a couple of numbers but both were excellent.
On guitar, Ian Bartholomew - who also sang. On vocals, Sara Dennis who, I believe, earlier played uke and on fiddle Mags Forward who obviously doesn't come from Sunderland.
This made for a very pleasant end to the evening even if it wasn't exactly jazz.
Must catch them again.
Lance.

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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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