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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.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Take It To The Bridge Kick Start 2010 @ The Chilli

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Dr. Steve Summers (alt/sop), Andy Lee (sop), Lance Liddle (ten), Barrie Ascroft, Chris Finch, Harley Johnson (pno), Jim Crinson (bs), Eric Stutt (dms), Debra Milne (vcl).
My first gig of 2010 both as reviewer and player. In consequence I feel it should be left to someone else to pass comment. However, as that would be sticking my head into the lion's mouth I'll content myself by saying I enjoyed the blow.
For the record, I played the first set with Dave and the rhythm section getting my chops around (more or less), "Stella by Starlight", "Cantaloupe Island", "Georgia on my Mind", "Watermelon Man", "Killer Joe"... The rest of the guys kept the ship afloat and Dave vocalised on a few.
The cavalry arrived in time for the second set in the form of Dr. Steve Summers playing some superb alto and soprano tonight, Andy Lee - my old mate from Windows Music Store also on soprano - Chris Finch and Harley Johnson on keyboard and Debra Milne who sang "Four" and "Well You Needn't".
I re-joined the melée for Freddie Hubbard's "Blues For Duane".
The only downside to the evening was that outside it had snowed again.
But so what? It was cool.
Photos. (courtesy of Bill Shaw.)
Next week it's the Hot House Dragons.
Lance.

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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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