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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.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Samuel Eagles Quartet @ The Globe - Dec. 3

Samuel Eagles (alt/sop); Ralph Wyld (vbs); Daniel Kasimir (bs)[ Eric Ford (dms).
(Review by Lance)
I'm not going to review this gig save for saying that it lived up to, and beyond, the expectations raised by listening to their CD. I raved about it in my review but did our readers take note? Did they ....! Well those sad souls missed out big time! The band replicated the album live and the few believers in attendance seemed to concur.
I try to cover most of the jazz venues north and south of the Tyne and, as my listings show there are many of them, yet very few fans appear at all of them.
This isn't a re-run of the old Trad/Modern wars - Mouldy Figs v Dirty Boppers but a territorial thing. Seems as though if you go to gig A at such and such a place you're a traitor by attending gig B at another place on another day and so it goes on.
For me, my love of jazz is such that I go where the music takes me. One of the saddest things about last night's gig was the fact that although the Co-op has 200 shareholders only a very few show up at gigs. Not all of them live out of the area so surely one would think that by showing up they'd be protecting their investment?
Maybe I'm being naive and there is something I'm missing - I hope not!
Getting back to the gig. The previous two "profile" gigs featured Clark Tracey and Matthew Home - two of the UK's finest drummers - Eric Ford is also in that league. Kasiimir - here with Clark Tracey last month - is a proven first bass man, Wyld ranks alongside Jim Hart and Chris Jelly whilst Eagles can hold his own with any alto player in the UK. If that doesn't equate with quality then tell me what does?
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. You can't go to all of the gigs all of the time. Anyone going to any jazz gig should be celebrated no matter where.
    Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
    We'll keep the jazz flag flying here

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  2. Samuel Eagles (on Twitter)Saturday, December 06, 2014 7:56:00 pm

    Thanks Lance for the great review of our gig at Jazz Co-op.

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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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