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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 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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Daniel John Martin with Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche @ Empty Shop, Durham - March 16

Daniel John Martin (violin, vocals & whistling), Mick Shoulder (guitar), Giles Strong (guitar) & Paul Susans (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
The third night of four in Daniel John Martin’s tour of the north east. Working with Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche on all dates, DJM visited Durham’s unique first-floor Empty Shop premises. An empty shop is nothing new in Austerity Britain, but this listed building on Framwellgate Bridge can rightly claim to be bucking the trend. An ‘alternative space’ with its speakeasy door entry system, dusty floorboards and mix and match tables and chairs, Empty Shop is home to a developing jazz scene with plans afoot to stage a festival during the summer at numerous venues across the city.
Paris-based Daniel John Martin cuts a bohemian figure. Born in Congleton, a childhood in Africa, DJM is without question a virtuoso musician. First linking up with Mick Shoulder a couple of years ago, DJM is surely delighted to make his now frequent return visits to the region knowing that Mick, rhythm guitar master Giles Strong, and bassist Paul Susans are more than up to the job. All seats occupied, Swing Manouche began with Django’s Hungaria. The seated Shoulder and Strong were frequently encouraged by Martin to extend solos - our guest appreciative of their abilities. Similarly, bassist Paul Susans (as good as anyone in the anchor role) received a nod, a smile from DJM.

Anniversary Song, Djangology (Monsieur Shoulder has, no doubt, enlightened Monsieur Martin of the standing of local heroes Djangology Djangologie) and a wonderful vocal rendition of Night and Day made this a performance one could listen to until the early hours…if only! Nevertheless, DJM and the boys played two sets up to a ten thirty finish. The second set included Dinette (a contrafact of Dinah), Lulo Reinhardt’s Lulo’s Swing and at the suggestion of your reviewer Lady Be Good. An ever so polite Martin enquired of Mick, Giles and Paul if they were okay with it. Little did DJM know that the lads knew the tune inside out! Tres bon! Merci monsieurs!        
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.)
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