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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 Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
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Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Man U/Man City mere Conference compared to Dexter and Wardell.

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Doug Fielder (ten), Matt Office (gtr), Barrie Ascroft (bs), Eric Stutt (dms). + Andy Lee (alt/flt), Wilson ? (pno).
Life is seen in all its many aspects at the Chilli. This is the Naked City with a thousand stories bubbling below and above the surface.
I sensed it was going to be different tonight when Harley emailed me to say to tell Dave he couldn't make the gig - maybe food poisoning. Had a rival pianist slipped some toxic substance into his Rusks?
The rich pattern of urban life unfolded in the bar. Wall to wall football fans screaming and cheering as two teams from Manchester, City and United, (this is in Newcastle remember) endeavoured to "sportingly" cut each other on the pitch - sax players do it so much better - Wardell & Dexter, Gene & Sonny, Charlie (Carmichael) & Nigel (Stanger). Compared to those Premier league saxmen the Manchester boys are but Conference North.
We escaped up the stairs to the tranquillity of the jazz lounge.
The ever resourceful Dave, pre-warned of Harley's absence, had re-shuffled the pack so that Barrie played bass whilst sitting at the keyboard and young Matt Office - one of last week's Hot House Dragons - provided the chordal accompaniment on guitar. He did well considering the SNAFU situation.
Doug Fielder had once more crossed the width and breadth of the country to get here having warmed up at The Porthole earlier in the day (see previous post from Miles). I'm impressed by his commitment. I suspect we'll be hearing more from Doug.
My old Buddy Andy Lee turned up with a vintage Rudall Carte wooden flute with silver headjoint as well as his alto. After a few false starts he hit the alto jackpot on one of the Herbie Hancock's.
During the interval a guy called Wilson played solo piano. Not totally jazz it was nevertheless, impressive.
Mary didn't sing but she did win the raffle as usual!
Dave ventured into Tormé territory with a vocal on "Born to Be Blue". Mel didn't turn in his grave but if he had done it would have been to applaud.
Perhaps the highlight of the night was Dave's opening announcement.
'This tune is called "Whisper Not" and is dedicated to the two girls talking at the back.'
Subtle? no! Effective? Yes - ar least for 32 bars or so!
In the above photo what is Andy Lee (l) saying to make Dave Weisser look so surprised?
Free entry to the Chilli next week for the best answer.
Lance.
PS: For the record Manchester United won the football affair.

1 comment :

  1. Anonymous for fear of reprisals - if this wins I'll pay anywaySaturday, January 30, 2010 11:45:00 am

    Andy: "Hey Dave, can you talk to me and look surprised while Lance gets a photo for a competition he is organising. The winner gets in free next week.

    Dave says " I am genuinely surprised, no need to pretend. You mean people pay to come in?"

    ReplyDelete

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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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