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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474. Doors 7pm. £7.
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

CD Review: The Big Shake-up.

Jon Stokes (tmb); Jean-Paul Gervasoni, Paul Munday, Gavin Broom;(tpt/flug); Sam Bullard (alt/ten); Gemma Moore (bar/fl); Mike Poyser (sousa); Jimmy Norden (dms/perc); Sharleen Linton (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
You start feeling old when you see Dave O'Higgins  (composer of the title track) referred to in the notes as a British Jazz Legend! To me, a British Jazz Legend is Nat Gonella, Tubby Hayes, Humph,     Ronnie etc. However, as O'Higgins is now 52 he may well be approaching that accolade although I still think of him as one of the rising stars! I mean, in jazz you've got to be either dead or pretty close to it to become a legend!

The Big Shake-Up, formerly known as Bad Ass Brass, are indeed brass heavy but not, despite the title track, a Dirty Dozen marching street band. If they do any marching it will be on slightly up-market avenues. This is not to, in any way, denigrate the music which is superb. Arranged by Callum Au, who is fast becoming a force in British jazz since I first heard his big band at the Spice of Life a few years back, Callum sets his stall out well. Check it out at the Elgar Room in the pomp and circumstance of the Royal Albert Hall (London) on November 20 as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival,
Other than Linton's vocal on God Bless the Child and O'Higgins' piece, the others are by Russell Bennett. Worth a spin.
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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