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'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

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

1 comment :

Joe Martin said...

Hi Nicola, it's Joe Martin here. What a surprise to see your name here and the mention of Sister Mary Austin! I nearly stopped at grade 1 but for her gentle encouragement. I've been considering Matt's course, which is how I stumbled on your review. It sounds good. Cheers, Joe x

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