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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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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Radio Russell: The Sound of Cinema, Somerset Blues and Car Horns

Film of the moment Whiplash is included in Matthew Sweet’s selection of ‘jazz-inspired film music’ in Sound of Cinema (Radio 3, Saturday 17 January, 4:00pm). Justin Hurwitz, composer, is in good company with Alex North’s score for A Streetcar Named Desire on the playlist.
Shabaka Hutchings plays some of his favourite South African jazz tracks and his band the Blue Notes can be heard in concert at last year’s London Jazz Festival on Jazz Line-Up at 9:00pm (Radio 3). Earlier, on Radio 4 (2:30pm) tune in to hear the ‘blues-infused musical fairy tale’ Drama: Kneehigh’s The Wild Bride. Carl Grose’s play adapted for radio by the playwright and Emma Rice features music written by Stu Barker. Jez Nelson’s Jazz on 3 (Monday, Radio 3, 11:00pm) could be a good listen with a set recorded at London’s Café Oto featuring John Dikeman, Hamid Drake and William Parker. A similarly good listen could be Somerset Blues: The Story of Acker Bilk (Tuesday, Radio 2, 10:00pm). Actor and singer Clarke Peters presents a one hour tribute to the man from the West Country. Radio 3’s In Tune invariably has some jazz content from week to week and Thursday’s edition, 4:30pm, finds Empirical performing live in the studio. Gershwin’s Horns promises to be an oddity. BBC Radio 4 Extra, Friday (8:30pm) looks at An American in Paris. Gershwin and car horns…beep, beep!        
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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