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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.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Caedmon Hall.Feb. 7.

Graham Hardy, Alisdair Lord (tpt); Neville Hartley (tmb); Gavin Lee, Jim McBriarty, Alan Marshall, Steve Andrews (reeds);  Ian Wynne (pno); Phil Rutherford(sousa); Keith Stephen (bjo/gtr) Steve Doyle (dms); Caroline Iwin (vcl) + Keith Nichols (pno/vcl); Nick Ward (dms); FransSjöstrom  (bs sax).
(Review by George Watt).
February 7 and another sell out for the New Century Ragtime Orchestra at Gateshead's Caedmon Hall  Filled to capacity with enthusiasts of this band of musicians who gave presentations of tunes to which our great - grandparents tapped their to feet a 100 years ago.
A few changes have taken place in the line-up with trombonist Don Fairley retiring from the band. His old friend and look-a-like Neville Hartley vacates the piano stool to join the brass. The vacancy at the keyboard brings the exiting young talent of Ian Wynne. Another change is the hair colouring of singer Caroline Irwin who is now an even more striking brunette.
Guesting on bass saxophone was Frans Sjöstrom  who comes from Sweden. He probably uses the instrument as a submarine it is so large. Another guest was Nick Ward whose subtle drum work was stunning. Topping the visitors list was Keith Nichols who enchanted us all with his stride piano playing and musical monologues. We are indeed fortunate to have such a band on our doorstep.
George W.

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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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