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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.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mark Williams/Paul Susans @ Jazz Café - Dec. 20

Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Susans (bs).
(Review by Lance/photo by Mike Tilley).
After the jazz, the razzmatazz, of a Strictly Smokin' Big Band Christmas Special in the adjoining Newcastle Arts Centre the withdrawal had to be done gently to avoid a coronary.
Mark and Paul provided the perfect antidote.  
After a couple of hours of the swingingest big band this side of Count Basie a chill-out was needed.
Some of us found it in the Jazz Café where guitar and bass provided the panacea.
What a night! Fantastic big band and fantastic duo. This is what jazz - what music - is all about.
The infinite variety - age cannot wither nor custom stale - It sure didn't wither or stale tonight!.
Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You - played at Christmas - is as appropriate as any of the the other Xmas songs (Fur coat for Christmas etc...)
A delightful evening that surely would have been standing room only if the audience at the Arts Centre had been reminded of what was going on in the Jazz Café next door!
Lance.
PS: SSBB review to follow.

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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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