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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.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

GIJF Day 3: Paul Edis (Solo piano) @ Sage Gateshead - April 2


(Review by Steve T/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Ms Alex is absolutely right, it's the concourse which turns a series of concerts into a festival, and what better way is there to arrive than in the presence of his lordship himself?
Most pianists just do their thing and, if the audience don't get it, that's their fault for being philistines. Not so Lord Paul who knows he's there to entertain as well as educate and has developed into a real master, comfortable, warm and witty in his announcements and in his choice of music.
A full concourse found me sat, table-less, in the corner for a selection from his double-CD solo piano album and some Gershwin thrown in. The omission of Vignette will inevitably disappoint, but I totally get he doesn't want to wheel it out each time, and it's the cross he must bear for creating a masterpiece which can stand with any name you can think of.
He's such an unassuming presence, it's easy to forget what an all-rounder he is, putting tasteful musicality ahead of showing off so that when the music requires it, he can throw a torrent of notes at you which takes your breath away.
An English Country Garden and Greensleeves had people of all ages, passers-by and Jazz geeks, beaming all over their faces.
Steve T.

1 comment :

  1. Wonderful piano player. We loved every minute of Paul's performance. Our table gave him a well deserved standing ovation. Pity some folks missed it. Although everyone just walking through stopped in their tracks.

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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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