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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.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Matt Anderson Quartet @ Ushaw College, June 30.

 Matt Anderson (tenor sax), Peter Lee (piano), Will Harris (double bass), Jay Davies (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
Matt claimed his reworking of Trane’s Countdown, renamed Count Up was the only bona fide Jazz piece they played, but later remembered Shorter’s Iris also counted. Last time he played Ushaw Matt was with a sextet dedicated to Shorter so we can guess that this is close to his heart, but that was when Jazz was temporarily reassigned to Ushaw’s own Jazz Caff whilst decorating went on in the Jazz Lounge.
I would argue this was all as jazz as it gets: tenor sax, piano, double bass and drums on a Friday night in my favourite north east venue, Matt’s originals and one by pianist Peter Lee (a good North East name) giving two master tenoristas a run. 
The more belligerent reader may have noticed that I generally cite Durham’s Empty Shop as the 'coolest' regular Jazz night in the region, but I'm a senior citizen there and a sprightly youngster propping up the bar at Ushaw.
To a man, the band were cool and I love to see Jazz musicians respect the past with jackets and stuff, and you always know when the jacket comes off it's about to get serious. So it was for the final piece of the first set, the highlight of the night, which began at a regular pace before - totally unexpectedly - swinging off at speed, then back, then off again.
Just over thirty made the venue look busy, with all tables occupied, but there was plenty room for a few more who, I've no doubt, would have loved it as much as those of us who were there did.
Steve T.

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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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