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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474. Doors 7pm. £7.
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 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, August 03, 2013

Marko/Paulo Quartet @ Number 28 August 2

Paul Gowland (ten/alt); Mark Williams (gtr); John Pope (bs); Mark Robertson (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Number 28 was crowded they were standing ten deep at the bar so we adjourned to The Bacchus where they were standing twenty deep at the bar. Finally, in the Duke of Wellington. the bar was more accessible so we managed a pint of Northumbrian Blonde.
Back to Number 28 where the crowd had thinned and the bar was visible.. San Miguel was the poison here and the Marko Paulo Quartet the antidote.
It was a good way to detox listening to four of the regions top players. Gowland has, no doubt, Met Miss Jones on many occasions and on this one he positively ravished her - I'm sure it was consensual - before handing her over to Williams who showed a little more tlc. Pope took her for a walk and Robertson exercised the Pal Joey philosophy "Treat a dame like a lady and a lady like a dame". the drummer adopted the latter approach and the lady didn't mind at all!
The rest of the set varied with a mix of esoteric meanderings, a fusion like piece and a number that reached out to the nether regions with no prisoners taken. It was a good set and I'd like to have stayed for the second but time and tide wait for no one and nor does the number 27 so it was goodbye to number 28 and hello to number 27.
Music excellent.
Lance..

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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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