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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, May 27, 2017

Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ Vicolo - May 26

Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Bradley Johnston (guitar)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photos courtesy of Russell)
... or I should say they performed in the lane (it was billed as ‘Live in the Lane’), opposite Vicolo’s coffee shop, which is next to the side entrance of the Tyneside Cinema. Not the easiest of venues, as the people drinking outside are seated in a line against the walls, not necessarily paying much attention to the music, chatting, laughing, so musicians have to make the best of it, which these two did. After quite a time sorting out sound problems, Lindsay struck up with a song from the great Ella, Take It Easy (?) in a pleasantly relaxed, easy, low-voiced style, followed by Dindi and the first very welcome guitar solo of the set.

Then came Blues In The Night, and I was struck by Lindsay’s skilled use of the microphone, moving it to and fro to get the best sound.
We also heard Cry Me A River:
Told me love was too plebeian
Told me you were through with me an’  
I just had to quote this as it’s one of my favourite rhymes in any song or poem, even though the amusement can detract from the sadness of the song. A clock somewhere chimed 9 o’clock, another hazard.
West Coast Blues and My Funny Valentine had Lindsay, not only improvising on the tunes, but also playing with the words, and Bradley doing his stuff well, but we expect nothing less.
BSH had called me to go to the Jazz Cafe to listen to Ruth Lambert’s new quartet. Because of the delayed start, Lance and Russell had gone on ahead, so I missed Lindsay’s second set and Ruth’s first!
A whole series of music of various types, e.g. pop, is planned for this venue, so I wish them success, but have some doubts. Before leaving I saw a strange sight, a woman with a dog, the woman had a skateboard under her arm – had the dog been out skateboarding?  Just a thought.
Ann Alex    

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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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