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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, May 03, 2017

Meshell Ndegeocello @ Pizza Express Stage, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, April 30.

(Review by Steve T).
It takes at least two major attractions to get me to Cheltenham; Chick Corea speaks for itself and I'm currently really into this lady and was looking forward to a Gloucestershire hotpot of funk, rock, hip-hop, soul and Jazz.
But after a four hour drive, a lost phone and a twenty minute sound-check which left us in the rain and saw the fifteen minute transfer time for Chick Corea disappear, the sense of it all was coming into question.
When she arrived she was more unassuming than I'd expected, looking like Joan Armatrading and talking like Toni Morrison. A song based on a poem she really likes called Continuous Performance, Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne and Don't let me be Misunderstood and I was starting to feel misunderstood.
Then came the warning, it was going to get loud and brash - thank goodness for that - with some C21st American Music. Ironic at a festival which stretches any definition of Jazz beyond any recognition at all, and from an artist whose music is likely to become increasingly thought of as Jazz.
Some rapping, some echo, some risqué lyrics and the lady pumping away at her bass, lots of reverb and heavy riffs on the guitar, rock solid drumming and some Eno style weird and exotic sounds from the keyboard setup, evocative of early Roxy Music, incidentally featuring another of wuh great Geordie drummers dipped in the Tyne by his mam while still a bairn.
It was on a steep curve but many of us left to take our seats for Chick Corea.
Steve T.

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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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