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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 Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
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Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 06, 2015

From Gershwin to Gillespie - Jazz @ The Lit & Phil w. Lucy Baker and Dean Stockdale. February 6.

Lucy Baker (violin); Dean Stockdale (piano).
(Review by Lance).
An intriguing afternoon! Jazz? Maybe, maybe not. Music? Most definitely and of the highest quality!
Stockdale, one of the area's highly regarded jazz pianists and Baker (A.K.A Mrs Stockdale), an internationally known highly qualified classical violinist presented an enthralling hour that the Lit and Phil habitués - they turned out in force -warmly appreciated.
And so they should! Perhaps not for the jazz extremists or the purists but for music lovers it was a treat.
The opening Prelude 1 by Gershwin told us two things one, that Ms Baker is an exceptional violinist and two, that George Gershwin should be given much greater esteem than he is usually accorded by classical pundits. 
It Ain' t Necessarily So and My Man's Gone Now from Porgy and Bess  moved into jazzier territory but it wasn't until they departed from the Gershwin canon  that Stockdale allowed some rein to his jazz chops  in the form of Sweet Lorraine, Skylark, I Want to be Happy and Dizzy's Groovin' High and A Night in Tunisia.
I've never quite worked out the difference between improvising and extemporising suffice to say that I felt that Dean was in the latter camp and Lucy belonged to the former!
Whatever, both did justice to the music and themselves.
The final piece, Reverie by Angela Morley, once again rubber stamped the credentials of the two participants as well as reminding us of what a great talent we lost when Angela Morley died.
Lance.

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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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