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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.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Noel Dennis Trio @ Gala Theatre, Durham - June 23

Noel Dennis (trumpet & flugelhorn), Paul Edis (piano) & Andy Champion (double bass)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Brian Ebbatson)
Is there a more lyrical trumpet player? Noel Dennis has the pedigree of a top flight London-based musician yet chooses to combine his work as an academic with his love of jazz. Having relocated to his native north east following a short stint working in Glasgow, Dennis is once again playing a select number of gigs throughout the region.
This Gala Theatre gig followed a remarkable pattern; for several months the Gala’s lunchtime jazz concert has sold out days, if not weeks, in advance. Noel Dennis was greeted by a full house. The one hundred seats were occupied in time for a one o’clock start with Dennis quipping that Durham was the region’s jazz capital. 
Victor Young’s Beautiful Love opened the one-hour programme. The trio – Dennis, Paul Edis, piano, and Andy Champion, bass – worked together in Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra and subsequently in innumerable settings locally and nationally. The three are top-class instrumentalists and this trio gig heard them playing a relaxed set borne of mutual respect. A set list to die for, Dennis has a particular liking for trumpeter Tom Harrell’s compositions. Two such – Little Dancer and Moon Alley – were played back to back with Dennis on flugelhorn. Construction and clarity of thought enable Dennis to develop lengthy, fully formed solos. This is a rare skill, and, not to be outdone, Edis and Champion proved equally adept at laying down similarly stellar solos. In a set of sixty minutes, the trio gave a faultless display. Dennis chose to play Freddie Freeloader.  Our trumpeter could have, given the chance, played Miles Davis’ entire discography…now, there’s an idea!

Stella by Starlight heard Dennis once more playing flugelhorn. A tune, Dennis informed the Gala’s attentive audience, that was a favourite of his father, Kel. A great tune and a nice moment. A good gig flies by. This one went by at the speed of light. As the time approached two o’clock, the set list jettisoned one number, closing with Au Privave. Talking of speed of light, Messrs Dennis, Edis and Champion flew like a Bird.

Next month’s concert (July 28) featuring Jo Harrop is already a sellout! So, to be sure of a seat for  August’s concert – featuring the Ushaw Ensemble – book now, telephone 03000 266 600
Russell.
Noel Dennis will be at the Jazz Café, Newcastle with pianist Dean Stockdale on Friday, July 7.                                     

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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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