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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 16, 2014

Snowmen from Prague visit the Bell & Bucket. December 16

Bell & Bucket New Orleans Jazz Band:
Paul Bacon (drums), Dick Straughan (piano), Mac Rae (clarinet & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone) & Doris Fenn (banjo) + Marilyn Hunter (vocals), Eddie Casey (vocals) & Ray (percussion)
(Review by Russell).
A linen table cloth, paper party hats, tinsel. Yes, it’s Christmas pub grub time! A three courses meal – posh, eh? The Bell and Bucket on Norfolk Street in North Shields was busy. If it can’t do good business at this time of year it never will.
Paul Bacon’s Bell and Bucket New Orleans Jazz Band assumed their usual seats (the band is a New Orleans all-seated affair) and mixed it up; Tishomingo Blues the pick of the first few tunes. Guest vocalist Marilyn Hunter (tucking into turkey and trimmings) sang C’est Magnifique, the band pined for My Old Kentucky Home and Eddie Casey, saloon bar style, assured us I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Baby.
Bandleader Bacon introduced some serious N’Awlins tunes – Red Wing (good trombone from Lawrence McBriarty, good clarinet and drums) and Mac Rae’s clarinet and vocals on Paul Barbarin’s Second Line set the standard. In an aside, Bacon mentioned he had been doing some research into the music (a life-long project, no doubt) and had read of recent speculation that Barbarin could have a good claim to ownership of Mood Indigo.
Second set, more mixed fayre; It Had to Be You and Margie. Gigs are ten-a-penny. Then, just occasionally, something wonderful happens…Mac Rae sang Alcoholic Blues (comp. M. Rae). ‘…So long whisky, so long gin.’ What a tune! Witherspoon would have covered it! Mr Rae had a confession to make…he stole the tune from Kenny Baker when they were in Gran Canaria together. Now, there’s a story!
Next week (Tuesday 23) is party time proper, more hats and silliness promised. Oh, yes. The snowmen from Prague…a visitor from the Czech Republic offered two ginger bread men (made in Prague) as a raffle prize. Your BSH correspondent snaffled them.                    
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.
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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.)
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