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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 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.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Bebop Spoken Here’s Faves Score in Downbeat Poll

(Comments by Russell).
Some familiar names to readers of Bebop Spoken Here feature highly in the prestigious Down Beat 79th Annual Readers’ Poll. Gregory Porter tops the chart as Male Vocalist. Second place goes to Kurt Elling and the promising Tony Bennett took third place. The Female Vocalist list contained some big names; all but three of them (Krall, Reeves and Spalding) denying Cécile McLorin Salvant top spot. 
The Jazz Artist category featured Porter in ninth place, Elling (13th) and 22nd (and one of only four women on the list) McLorin Salvant.   
Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit took fourth place in the Jazz Album of the Year category, with McLorin Salvant’s Woman Child making the top twelve.
Joshua Redman just missed out on third spot to Joe Lovano in the tenor saxophone poll. Hear the man in concert at next year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival April 10-12 at Sage Gateshead. Third best in the guitar stakes went to John Scofield. Sco will also be joining Redman in an impressive line-up at Sage Gateshead next year. Festival tickets are available by telephone. Book now on 0191 443 4661.   
Russell.

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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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