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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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Sunday, January 18, 2015

James Harrison/Alex Saxon @ Jazz Café January 17

James Harrison (keys); Alex Saxon (fl/alt) + Carly McKee (vcl).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
How shall I put it? Got it! An "entertaining" evening. Regular blog visitors will know the high esteem with which I hold James Harrison's playing in. I've also waxed eloquently over Alex Saxon both on sax and on flute so I truly anticipated this to be a titanic meeting - and it was, but with a capital T!
Don't get me wrong, the duo played great but with, perhaps, a tad too much self-indulgence. It was hilarious, then funny, then mildly amusing, and then - well imagine you open a box of chocolates and find they're all coffee creams - love the first couple but you don't finish the box!
In between all the musical repartee I longed for the sensitivity they are both capable of, but this didn't happen until guest vocalist Carly joined the duo for I'd Rather Go Blind, a Stevie Wonder number and At Last à la Etta.
Carly's got a great bluesy rocky soulful voice that made the evening worthwhile, not least because James and Alex played as I'd liked to have heard them play all night.
Nevertheless, as I said earlier, it was entertaining and at least they didn't wear funny hats!
Lance.
PS: See you at Hoochie tomorrow James.

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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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