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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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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jazz Coop @ The Globe: Steve Glendinning Quartet: Sat Jan 10

Steve Glendinning (guitar); Chris Jelly (vibes); Mike Clarke (bass); Mark Robertson (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
The Jazz Coop gigs are definitely on the up if last night was anything to go by, both musically and in the size of the audiences.  Thirty two paying customers on a cold January night isn’t half bad, and a quartet playing jazz/fusion music, with the sound of the vibes to add something a bit unusual and interesting. In fact on seeing the bass player I thought for a moment that I was listening to French jazz  – Mike Clarke was bearded, bespectacled and wearing a black beret, looking every inch as if he should be playing on the left bank of the Seine.
As many readers will know, fusion was what happened to jazz in the 1960’s, when jazz gained influences from rock, pop and funk, with tunes from the likes of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock added to the mix.  In fact Steve began with a beautiful guitar solo September 15th, as a tribute to the great Bill Evans, and also in remembrance of Keith Crombie of the original Jazz Cafe.  Then came les tout ensemble with Question and Answer, the sound of the vibes coming into its own, sweet, flowing, and precise.  The whole set was very accessible yet the music is complex and interesting, with solos well integrated.  Other tunes played were Imagination, not the song but an original composition from Steve and Chris; the wonderfully-named Saga Of Harrison Crabfeathers with solos from bass and guitar.  The first half was rounded off with Big Schlepp, which was a big tune with strong rocky guitar.
The longer 2nd half began with an original from Chris, a piece full of tuneful echoes on the vibes, ending with a whoooo from guitar. Chic Corea’s La Fiesta followed, then came a complete change with a serene G Minor Blues; then a ballad Hermitage; a tune called Red Clay; Emile Richards Yo Yaz; and another Steve and Chris original. Beautiful Love gave us some skilled light brushwork on the drums: the final tune was supposed to be the theme from Black Opheus, with lively Latin improvisation from Steve, but then an encore was demanded, which turned out to be a boppy version of Mr PC, which included solos all round and 4’s with the drums. 
Well done lads!   
Ann Alex

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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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