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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 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, July 01, 2017

Alice Grace Quartet @ The Jazz Café - June 30











Alice Grace (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums).
(Review by Lance).
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... The best of times being Alice and her revamped quartet who gave an inspiring performance at The Caff last night. It began with Moon Valley, a Sir John Dankworth opus with lyric by Duncan Lamont which is, indeed, a true meeting of minds, and ended, for me, with Moon Alley by Tom Harrell that had words penned by Alice herself. 
The numbers in between included Monk's Ugly Beauty and Windows by Chick Corea the lyric of which was also by Alice. There were others, all sung to perfection and ably supported by Henchmen Williams, Grainger and Morgan. Williams had some knockout solos - doesn't he always? Grainger was at the top of his game and Morgan, whether with sticks, brushes or hands, did the business. Alice, of course, was, well, Alice. Marriage hasn't damaged her vocal chords. If anything, tying the knot may have enhanced them.
It was a good gig that deserved to fill the Arena - maybe she should tell jokes - which brings me to the worst of times...
I'd timed my exit to catch the Metro and then connect with the number 27 at either Heworth or Hebburn. A plan that usually works well.
The best-laid schemes etc...
Central Station was awash with humanity! Bomb scare? Terrorist threat?
No. It seems there was a stand-up comic* on at the Arena and such were the crowds he'd drawn that the station platforms couldn't cope with the droves and, as such, were being admitted as and when the platforms emptied.
This meant my carefully coordinated journey home was now in tatters so that when I did, finally, get on board a Sunderland train to Heworth the number 27 was long gone.
Fortunately, there was a taxi rank so I took a cab. Or, to be more precise, a people carrier which may be where my notebook ended up which is why my review of Alice's gig is rather more sketchy than normal. But, take my word for it, it was worth all the ensuing trauma!
Lance.
*Micky Flanagan.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks Lance! I believe that you left your notebook at the cafe. I handed in a pink notebook to Kay x

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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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