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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 Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
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Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

On the Down Beat: Wadada bags a hat-trick, Women clean up

(Report by Russell)
The 65th Annual Down Beat International Critics’ Poll results have been published in the August issue of Down Beat magazine. Veteran trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has secured a late-career triple award - Jazz Artist, Trumpeter of the Year and Jazz Album of the Year (America’s National Parks). Female Vocalist of the Year is Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Male Vocalist of the Year is Gregory Porter.
The Down Beat categories are all but endless. Take a look at the following selective list. Spot the common denominator of these award winners…


Big Band: Maria Schneider
Soprano Saxophone: Jane Ira Bloom
Flute: Nicole Mitchell
Guitar: Mary Halvorson
Violin: Regina Carter    
Composer: Maria Schneider
Arranger: Maria Schneider
Rising Star: Mary Halvorson
Rising Star Group: Mary Halvorson Trio
Rising Star Soprano Saxophone: Christine Jensen
Rising Star Alto Saxophone: Matana Roberts
Rising Star Flute: Kali Z Fasteau
Rising Star Piano: Kris Davis
Rising Star Violin: Sara Caswell
Rising Star Vibraphone: Cecilia Smith
Rising Star Misc. Instrument: Akua Dixon (cello)
Rising Star Composer: Mary Halvorson
Rising Star Arranger: Esperanza Spalding

Got it? Answers on a post card.

Russell.        

1 comment :

  1. Next thing you know they'll be wanting to vote!

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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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