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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 Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 9pm. Free.
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Monday, December 07, 2015

Andy Hudson Remembers a Night with Dave Brubeck and George Shearing

Dave Brubeck was a complete gent, fantastic to work with and the only issue he ever had was that the piano was what he expected it to be, which is not unreasonable given his trade.
The late, great, Brian Theobald, wit, partner in Ronnie Scott's and Jazz agent always said of Dave Brubeck - "one of the nicest guys in the business - only thing is, every time I try and tap my foot to his music, I break my bloody ankle!" This referred, of course, to his use of complex time Take 5 in 5/4, Unsquare Dance in 7/4, Blue Rondo a la Turk in 9/8 and the lesser known World's Fair in 13/4.
I had the delight to produce/promote him a number of times and he always delivered to the audience the show they expected. In the late ‘80s I put him on at the Festival Hall on a double bill with George Shearing, 2 sell-out shows, and asked the appropriate question...." Would they play a duet as the show's encore - They politely declined.
Unable to resist however, Dave took his final bow and stepped away from his Baldwin piano and George’s Bosendorfer was still on the stage with George sitting in the wings having been watching Dave's performance, I leapt upon Dave's Baldwin and started the Riff that was obviously the start of Take 5 - though with my playing it may have been Take 4 and a half. I asked the audience if they would like to hear them play together and the crowd went berserk.
The maestros both came on, Dave bumped me off the piano stool and carried on. George's wife led him on the stage and they played an impromptu 20 minute encore - running up overtime at the RFH but who cared?
In the green room after the show they both called me names, but admitted that they had an absolute blast.
A year later at the Nice Festival as I walked towards him, he (Dave) just said "NO" then grinned. Come to think of it - never saw a photo when he wasn't smiling. Lovely Guy.
RIP.
Andy Hudson.
Dave Brubeck died on Dec. 5, 2012 just one day short of his 92nd birthday.
George Shearing died on Feb. 14, 2011 - he too was 91.

1 comment :

  1. Great story Andy and I think, apart from the Kray Twins, you're the only guy who could have pulled it off!

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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.
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