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Jeremy Pelt: "I'm so much into melodies and into sound, and the presence of sound, that I don't necessarily want to try to play in between the cracks of a note." - (DownBeat November 2020)

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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12,000 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 1140 of them this year alone and, so far, 87 this month (Oct. 27).

Coming soon ...

IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON.

OCTOBER

THURSDAY 29

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Abbie Finn Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity (upstairs). It’s Abbie’s birthday!

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00-10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 30

Neil William & Ben Holland - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Jazz standards from the 1920s & 30s.

SATURDAY 31

Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. £10.00. Online booking (to book a table). Limited capacity. Alice & Pav join a multi-bill of entertainers (magician etc) to celebrate Prohibition Bar’s fifth anniversary. SOLD OUT!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Jazz Violin Practice Class Review

Recently I have been thinking about how my passion for jazz started. I remember as a young child being entranced by the fabulous sounds of what I now know was the Count Basie Orchestra with Sinatra. The other lasting memory is of the marvellous Stephane Grappelli seemingly magically swinging his way through the Great American Songbook. 

I have been lucky in life. When I started school at five years old I was handed a recorder to play, and soon after a violin by Sister Mary Austin who was a visionary teacher of music to young children.  I have never been without music in my life thanks to her. During a midlife ‘affair’ with the saxophone I got to play Basie on Baritone Sax in a Big Band- a treasured experience! But with the passage of time I have returned to my violin - and to trying to make the sounds of Grappelli.

What luck to randomly stumble upon the Jazz Violin Practice Club! Matt Holborn, an established Jazz/Swing Violinist, (a northerner who studied at Leeds College of Music) runs a twice weekly ‘practice club’ on zoom, which is also really part workshop. The great advantage of zoom is that you can try things out in your living room without the din of everyone else disturbing your concentration (and vice versa). Matt combines his expert knowledge of the violin with a nicely paced planned approach to tackling the ‘jigsaw pieces’  of improvising, and how to try putting them together on the violin to play something that makes sense.  I have been to a lot of workshops of one kind or another over the years and this ranks with the good ones (and is not expensive).

So if you play the violin check out Matt Holborn’s website here!

https://www.mattholborn.com/

Nicola Milne

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