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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.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jazz Improvisation Workshop @ Jazz Café January 13.

(Review by Steve H.)
Although always interested in what went on at the Jazz Improvisation Workshop, being a non musician I had never summoned up the confidence to actually attend. However, an experienced rock guitarist friend of mine said he fancied coming along so off we went to the upstairs room of the Jazz Café. Assorted musicians were there some I knew - Zoe, Gabi, Andy and Wes  - and apologies to those I didn't. 
All in all we had 2 percussionists, 2 vocalists, 3 guitarists, a saxophonist and a bassist. Andy Champion was facilitating the evening so when he wasn't actually playing bass he was doing ‘conduction’ - this is a bit like being a conductor but only with no score and no idea about what will happen next. The role involves directing the individuals performing to play louder softer shorter longer or to stop playing altogether. It starts simply with Andy turning to one of the musicians and telling them ‘to play’  each player is then brought into the piece and what evolves is a fascinating construct; the musicians taking inspiration from one another as well as from the ‘conduction’.  As a spectator, I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and  I can recommend it to anyone interested in the creation of improvised music as an art form. My musician friend was also very positive about the experience and says he will be back for the next workshop on February 10.
Steve H.

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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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