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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 Monday September 25

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Classic Swing - Marquis of Granby, Streetgate, Sunniside NE16 5ES. 0191 4880954. 1pm. Free. New mainstream gig w. Bob Wade (trumpet); Olive Rudd (vocal) and other familiar faces.
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Alastair Lord (trumpet) & Kris Thomsett (organ) - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05. Free (retiring collection).
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Evening.
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Sunday, August 04, 2013

Peter Volpe on Peter Fielding.

I've just been checking out your site and was fascinated to see the poster (supplied by Colin Aitchison) and thread on my grandfather Peter Fielding and his band. Link to previous post. I don't have too many direct memories of him other than at Christmas times as he was working away from Newcastle by the time I was born but I do remember regularly receiving birthday cards from exotic places when he was the bandleader on the Canberra and the QE2.
Over the years many people have spoken to me of his days at the Oxford Galleries however, invariably with warmth and nostalgia. These evocations have not been confined to the north-east; in my student days I met a saxophonist in a pub in Richmond (Surrey) who had played in his band for twenty years and knew my grandmother and all her six children, including my father, Tony. On my way to a Latin gig in Paris one evening I also heard a fascinating radio 4 interview  with the trail-blazing female saxophonist Kathy Stobart who related that during the war Peter Fielding gave her her first real gig - at the Oxford.
My father played the piano well in his youth, though he never worked with my grandfather. My uncle Peter played the trombone in the band. After suffering a heart attack he moved onto Bass and Piano. He produced the St. Jacome Trumpet method from my grandmother's kitchen cupboard and gave it to me when I took up the trumpet. I still have it in my work studio downstairs. Mike, another uncle, was a drummer and continued leading a band in the north east under his own name (Mike Fielding). I did a couple of deps in his band round the time I played in the Newcastle Big Band. You may well have come across him yourself at some time.
My grandmother Cath was a dancer in her young days and met my grandfather when he was the MD on a review in which she worked. I met my own wife when she was a dancer and singer in a show I worked on here in France. Who says history never repeats itself?!
Keep up the good work on the web site.
Peter Volpe. (Ed. photo of Peter Volpe taken from Peter's MySpace site.)
P.S. When you worked in Windows you were responsible for the choice of the first Jazz album I ever bought. It was a Lee Morgan record with Art Blakey. The second one you advised me to buy was by Clifford Brown.
Good choices!
Thanks.

3 comments :

  1. I worked with Mike Fielding when I first started playing..... A great drummer & a gentleman..... I learned so much from him !

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  2. Pleased you took my advice Peter - it soon showed in your playing!
    I sold Sting bass strings, Paul Booth his first tenor and banjo strings to Brian Bennett.
    Oh and Malcolm, I recall when you used to come into the shop with your dad and kick seven shades out of, was it a Lowery, or a Rhodes or a Roland? can't remember but you must have been all of 14 going on 40!
    Perhaps I should be nicknamed "The Kingmaker"!

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  3. I'm sure my pianist friend Eddie Farrow worked for Peter Fielding in the early days at the Oxford Galleries.

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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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