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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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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Bonga, Burt & Champion @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle, - July 2

Ntshuks Bonga (alto & soprano sax); George Burt (guitar); Andy Champion (bass).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew) 
This was the first occasion that these 3 musicians had played together, by the end of the evening anyone in the enthralled audience unaware of this fact might have thought they had been playing together for years. The collective improvisation was a marvel each member of the trio seemed to be able to react and build upon what their partners had just been playing. 
Champion, fresh from headlining the North East Chilli Festival the night before with his soul-funk band Smoove & Turrell was on fire not only using the bow to great effect but also employing the double bass as a very effective instrument of percussion. 
Burt was captivating, playing every style that seemed to be possible on a guitar although I’m sure that changing a string in the middle of a piece was probably not part of the plan. 
Bonga moved seamlessly between soprano and alto providing a constant stream of fascinating sounds and rhythms from both instruments. However, despite the individual skill of each musician, it was the sum of the parts which made this JNE gig such an enjoyable and uplifting experience. 
Steve H.

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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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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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