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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.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Keith Stephen’s Hot Club Trio w. Caroline Irwin – Christmas @ Ashington Jazz Club. Dec. 3

Keith Stephen (Guitar), Caroline Stephen (Vocalist), Roly Veitch (Guitar),  Keith Rollo (Bass).
(Review by Peter S.)
The final Gig of the year provided an evening with the ever popular Gypsy Jazz of Keith Stephen’s Hot Club Trio on stage for the sixth year in a row to entertain at our Christmas Party.
A good audience took their seats to enjoy an exciting evening of wonderful music. The first set got underway in some style. Keith, recovering from illness, had returned to his best while Caroline presented her lyrics as only she can with a smile and youthful energy and occasionally in another language. What a talent! Mr. Rollo’s ability on slap bass was incredible - at times sounding almost like a small drum kit. The dependable and very accomplished guitar of Roly Veitch is always a pleasure for the AJC audience which he has supported over many years. 
The Club crowd showed their genuine appreciation as each melody came to an end. In addition to the individual solo spots performed during the evening we were introduced for the first time to the  close harmony of the gentlemen in the band which was very effective and offered a new dimension which I hope they will include  in the future.
The second set began in much the same happy spirit with a seasonal song or two which had the audience joining in the festive fun. Audiences like to participate when the opportunity arises. The interval began after Caroline, with Santa Baby, made way for the arrival of “Santa John” with his bag of goodies which were distributed throughout the audience with some jollity.
At the end of this successful year for the AJC it is now the moment to offer our appreciation and thanks to all those wonderful North East Musicians who have come this far north and displayed  their obvious talents. Thank you so much for bringing Jazz Culture in its many forms to our town.
On behalf of John T. and myself, a big thank you to the members for your support throughout the year without which we would have no Club.  A bigger thanks to John T. whose time and effort makes this all happen.
I would also like to thank Ashington Town Council for the help which has been given and to those who have helped to publicise our programmes, especially Bebop Spoken Here Jazz Blog which  has thought my reviews fit for publication. Thanks Lance.
All that remains for me to say on behalf of the Club is - have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and I hope you keep Jazzing in the New Year. See you there.
Next Meeting- Wednesday, January 7  2015 at 8.00p.m. at the Elephant when our Guests will be the Alter Ego Sextet.
Peter S.

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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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