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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.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Take it to the Bridge @ The Chillingham. Feb.4

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Don Forbes (trumpet), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Paul Grainger (double bass), Norman Redhead , Matthew MacKellar (drums) + Pete Gilligan (keyboards)
(Review by Russell).
Something of a trumpeters’ convention this week at the Chilli with workshop leader Dave Weisser, Ray Johnson and bop stalwart Don Forbes. Weisser proclaimed: Hey, we’ve got a band! Three trumpet players and a well-oiled rhythm section – yes, a band indeed!
The band kicked-off with Straight No Chaser, the frontline three enjoyed the playing and  company of one another. No sooner had the session got under way and in walked regular drummer Matthew MacKellar and not far behind him was pianist Pete Gilligan. Drummer Redhead, readily, resumed door duties to allow MacKellar on to the stand.
It didn’t take too long before a good natured argument/discussion broke out about matters musical. There was much talk of a chart that didn’t make sense with Weisser’s side-kick Barry Ascroft declaring:, You couldn’t roll a bowl of flowers! This phrase was a new one to your reviewer, perhaps its origin lies in Ascroft’s Lancastrian roots. Ray Johnson took up the flugel on Little Flower and solos flowed from top bass man Paul Grainger and the ascerbic Ascroft.
Don Forbes suggested the first of three Stan Tracey numbers; No Good Boyo, followed by I Lost My Step in Nantucket and Penpals. Weisser left it to Forbes, then Johnson, to dig into ST’s back catalgogue but there was no stopping MacKellar (right there, keen to take on a round of fours). Ascroft went to the bar leaving Pete Gilligan to take the piano stool. PG worked the intro to Moment’s Notice (strong trumpet from Johnson) and one of the evening’s highlights featured Weisser’s vocals on I Can’t Get Started.
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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