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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Up with the Larks @ The Lit & Phil. Dec 17

(Review by Russell).
The Early Birds were up and about at the crack of dawn today. Teenage musicians – on this occasion nine of them – met at the Lit & Phil on Westgate Road for another of their Saturday morning workshops under the tutelage of Paul Edis. An hour or so later it was time to admit the public for their regular half hour set.
But Not for Me for starters with a startlingly good alto solo by Ryan De Silva. Pianist Ben Lawrence, usually heard playing trumpet, brought along an as yet untitled number with a Latin feel to it. Trumpeter James Metcalf took a good look at it with an extended solo and drummer Matt McKellar took command of it to take it home.
A testing ballad for the Early Birds – Georgia – opened with Alex Thompson’s alto sax, De Silva made his mark, so too Andrew ‘Teagarden’ Hedges, trombone, and the engine-room guitarist Matthew Downey. Full marks! Thompson featured on the Dexter Gordon classic Cheese Cake with Metcalf and McKellar engaging in a bout of fours. A graduate of the Early Bird collective Dan Lawrence sat in on the final two numbers (young bassist Alex Shipsey sitting out having played excellently). Dan is home on leave from his first term at the Royal Northern College of Music. Dan and Alex are two rapidly developing talents. We heard Doxy featuring Alex Thompson and the impressive Ben Lawrence. As a depping piano player (Philipp Grobe was elsewhere) Ben cut the bop mustard. Brother Dan – shoeless but anything but clueless – soloed with aplomb. To close, a blues in F. A blues in any key, you can’t go far wrong. This being the season of goodwill and all that, a liberal sprinkling of tinsel-covered Christmas quotes were tossed around. Was it Downey who started it? No matter, it was all good fun. Note – Paul Edis brought along his shiny new toy. A tenor sax, no less. The man has been in the woodshed. Whatever next? Sitting in the saxophone section of one of the regions fine big bands? Stranger things have been known to happen. And, with Ben Lawrence doing the business at the keyboard, Dr Edis could well find himself looking for other opportunities! The Lit & Phil facilitated series of Early Bird workshops will resume in 2017. Details to be advised.               
Russell.
The Early Birds: James Metcalf (trumpet), Alex Thompson (alto sax), Ryan De Silva (alto sax), Andrew Hedges (trombone), Ben Lawrence (piano), Matthew Downey (guitar), Alex Shipsey (bass) & Matthew McKellar (drums), Dan Lawrence (bass) + Paul Edis (tenor sax)

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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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