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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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Monday, March 23, 2015

Jazz Coop @ The Globe: Debra Milne Ensemble – March 21

Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Glendinning (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Debra Milne has become an assured jazz singer with a sweet clear voice and songs meaningfully expressed, and this performance was a joy to hear, with all four of the band contributing well. She wore a dress bearing large yellow flowers which chimed in well with the Latin numbers in the varied programme. The men wore jeans and dark shirts; (why should only women’s attire be mentioned?)
The songs fairly zinged along, from Have You Met Miss Jones (who became Old Jones) right through to the encore which I heard as I left for the Metro.  In between we had Killer Joe with lyrics by Debra and some excellent heavy metal effects from Steve’s guitar; a lovely slow bossa with an opening light tin-like sound on the drums; Billie's Bounce with more of Debra’s words, fours and vocalese with the bass and the Tom Waits song Temptation - typical Waits, a song of drink and degradation.  The second set included Tight by one of Debra’s favourite singers, Betty Carter, with very tricky timing;  a slinky Pretty Eyes and, unusually, a Jethro Tull number from the 1970’s, Living In The Past. A clever, lively drum solo preceded Caravan, which was the last number before the encore.
Other tunes included, as well as a couple of originals by Debra and Steve, Stay and Blame Game; Lester’s Way; Just You Just Me; Senor Blues; Show Me The Man; Four; a title by Chic Corea that I didn’t catch; It Ain’t Necessarily So; Born To Be Blue and Sting’s Consider Me Gone.
Speaking of being gone, the audience came in fewer numbers than the band deserved, which was a shame for such a good performance, but if you weren't there, well you know what you missed by  reading this account. 
Ann Alex 

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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.)
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