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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 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 21, 2015

Dirk Washington & The Groove Cats @ The Globe Jazz Bar - Dec. 20

Graham Justin – Trumpet/flugel; Damian Cook – alto/tenor; Stuart Davies – Guitar/vocal; Greg Arrowsmith – Keys; Joe Britton – Bass Guitar; Ollie Boorman – Drums.
(Review by Lance).
Panto party time at the Globe. Once again the Jazz Coop lured the band from the Theatre Royal's production of Dick Whittington to perform, and perform they did! The room was comfortably full with Coop members and Theatre Royalty all enjoying yet another Gig of the Year (in my eyes at least). Next year I think it will be easier to list those gigs that didn't fall into that category - so much good music has been played around the various venues.
But this was special even though occasionally ragged. It didn't matter, if anything it added to the sense of fun. Especially good to catch up with Stuart Davies again. The former Extreme Measures man not only laid down some excellent guitar work but rounded the night off singing a fusion version of Oh Didn't He Ramble! When I say 'Fusion' I don't mean a jazz fusion but rather a rock/skiffle fusion - Lonnie Donegan meets Eric Clapton! It worked. Stuart also came to the fore on a John Schofield number that had some blistering, paint-stripping tenor from Cook and, whilst the last thing the Globe needs is paint-stripping (although some may say it's the first thing it needs!), it drew the plaudits.
Cook's feature on Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas was an emotional and sentimental tenor tour de force without being gooey, reminding us that it's a jolly good tune for any time of year. Justin blew trumpet and flugel. A big sound and a range that maybe fell just short of the international space station 'up there'. He also wore a sweater with Xmas lights woven into it - he didn't win the fashion award!
Joe Britton solid on bass and Boorman a powerhouse behind the kit. The fours the pair exchanged on Meet the Flintstones was well worthy of a "Yabba dabba do"!
Which just leaves Greg Arrowsmith - did I say 'Just'? What an understatement! How come I've never heard this guy before? An original talent! No Peterson/Jarrett/Hancock clone but totally his own man. Impressed!
Can't wait until next Xmas!
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. Just like to add that as one the volunteer barman on the night what a lovely bunch of genuine guys the band were.

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  2. I haven't heard such exciting exuberant and spontaneous music for a long time. Utterly brilliant.

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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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