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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.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lickety Split @ Blaydon Jazz Club - April 16

Eddie Bellis (trombone), Alan Marshall (alto saxophone), Paul Gowland (tenor saxophone), Kevin Eland (trumpet & flugelhorn), Bradley Johnston (guitar), Jeremy McMurray (piano), Alan Rudd (bass) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Roly).
Band leader Eddie Bellis announced a celebration – Lickety Split’s tenth birthday! A few changes of personnel down the years is almost inevitable when trying to keep an eight piece band on the road. The current line-up looks as if it could remain stable for some time. That’s good news with the octet sounding better than ever.
 This Black Bull gig, the band’s debut at Blaydon Jazz Club, delivered immaculate ensemble playing with particularly impressive (well rehearsed!) endings. Nothing ragged, just sharp, tight topping and tailing of tunes. Lickety Split is a band that doesn’t shout from the roof tops. No hype, little publicity, simply a ‘turn-up-and-play’ approach, that’s Lickety Split. Blaydon Jazz Club’s Easter Day audience heard two sets of West Coast cool to bop charts – exactly what Blaydon’s Dr Jazz ordered.
Lickety Split’s frontline horns stood on the floor in front of the stage, a stage easily accommodating a purring rhythm section comprising Bradley Johnston in Freddie Greene mode, erstwhile Blaydon house pianist Jeremy McMurray, the seated bass anchor Alan Rudd, and the amiable Paul Wight, drums. Eddie Bellis, a fine, but underrated trombonist, isn’t big on announcements, preferring to let the music do the talking. The numbers given an airing included Birth of the Cool era Miles Davis, a well-tempered All Blues, Monk’s Well, You Needn’t and, perhaps, the band’s signature tune, Oliver Nelson’s Stolen Moments. Throughout the evening two of the band’s big hitters – Paul Gowland on tenor, and Kevin Eland playing trumpet and flugelhorn – showed admirable restraint, subservient to the ensemble sound.

Lickety Split’s next gig is at the Fox Inn, Hexham on Tuesday 25 April. Nine o’clock start, free, but donations appreciated. One week later the band will be at the Elephant public house on Newbiggin Road in Ashington to play a gig at the recently revived Ashington Jazz Club. Eight o’clock start, an absolute bargain £5.00. at the door, and an early finish (10:00pm) designed to allow gig goers the opportunity to catch buses to Morpeth, Newcastle and further afield.

Blaydon Jazz Club’s concert in May sees the return of Alter Ego. A bop, occasionally hard bop gig, with a cracking line-up, put the date in the diary – Sunday 21 May. Eight o’clock start, arrive early, seats could be at a premium.
Photos.
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.
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