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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.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil. October 28












Emma Fisk (violin) & James Birkett (guitar)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Brian Ebbatson).
Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang turned up at the Lit & Phil. The Newcastle audience turned out in force to hear them. Rarely, if ever, has the Loftus Room been so full for a Friday lunchtime jazz concert. Yes, Emma ‘Venuti’ Fisk and James ‘Lang’ Birkett performed twelve numbers written by, or associated with, Venuti and Lang and found time to play Lady be Good as an encore.
Venuti and Lang numbers (Cheese and Crackers, Black and Blue Bottom, Sunshine and Kickin’ the Cat) were placed in their 1920s’ context thanks to Emma Fisk’s informative introductions: Venuti’s fondness for a florid intro, recording dates as a duo or with their legendary Blue Four outfit. Familiar tunes peppered the one-hour programme including Dinah, I’m Confessin’ and Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me. Fisk referred to the undoubted virtuosity of the pioneering masters of the music alluding to Venuti’s parallel fifths intro to Black and Blue Bottom (the duo’s first recorded sides released under their own names).      
Emma Fisk’s virtuoso playing spellbound the standing room only audience. Guitarist Dr Birkett did all the things – and more! – that the pioneering Eddie Lang committed to disc almost a century ago. This was a virtuoso duo in their element. Closing their concert with Edward Claypoole’s Raggin’ the Scale, our twenty-first century master musicians won an encore. It was never in doubt. Lady Be Good. Darn good.
Next month (November 25th) Paul Edis and Graham Hardy will be in concert. It starts at one o’clock. If you want to be sure of a seat please arrive in good time.
Russell                           

3 comments :

  1. First time I have seen Emma perform - it was magnificent. Can't wait till 11th November when the Hot Club du Nord will be performing at Crook.

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  2. It was a dream of a concert - fantastic, from start to finish ...... wonderful to hear all those great numbers too, and performed by Emma and James - ace musicians both! Splendissimo .....

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  3. Thank you both for your kind comments! James and I both had a great time too!

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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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