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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.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Porter Quartet @ Lit & Phil. Dec. 8

Robin Porter (ten); Jonathan Brown (gtr); Sam Vicary (bs); Tom Hawthorn (dms).
(Review by Lance).
The first set came to a triumphant close with as good a version of Airegin as I've heard this side of Sonny Rollins. Likewise, the penultimate number of the second set, Monk's Misterioso also got the adrenalin flowing with an original arrangement that I'm sure would have won the composer's approval.
Vicary is well known on Tyneside having made many trips up the A1(M) with an assortment of Leeds based groups but, to the best of my knowledge, the first time with this crew who were nearing the conclusion of a mini UK tour.
Like Sam, the other three are no slouches either contributing effective and at times paint-stripping solos. Porter has a cool, smooth, tone that was particularly pleasing during the more rhapsodic moments. Brown can thrash with the best of them and Hawthorn certainly knows his way around the kit - his solo on Airegin being outstanding.
Porter and Brown composed the originals that made up the rest of the program. These were, in the main, doom laden sombre pieces with strange titles such as the opener: A Jacket With Too Many Pockets - not the catchiest of titles - Coffee Shops, Guttural and a three section work inspired by a book Porter had read. I didn't catch the title of the tome otherwise I may have sought it out in the library upstairs! 
A pleasant evening.
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.
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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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