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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 Friday September 22

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day one of three.
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Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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Zoe Gilby Quartet - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Sean Noonan: Memorable Sticks - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £8/£6.
Backyard Rhythm Orchestra + Monkey Puzzle - o2 Academy, Newcastle. Doors 6:30pm. Curfew 10pm.
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Dave Newton & Dean Stockdale - Traveller's Rest, 2 West Auckland Rd., Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £10.
Smokin' Spitfires - Forum Music Centre, Borough Rd., Darlington DL1 1SG. 7:30pm. £10.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Matt Anderson & Aubin Vanns @ The Jazz Café – Dec 18

Matt Anderson (tenor saxophone) & Aubin Vanns (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
It was Black-Eye Friday, apparently. At the Jazz Café it was Fantastic Friday! Heading home for Christmas, albeit by a circuitous gigging route, tenor man Matt Anderson and guitarist Aubin Vanns called into the Jazz Café to play a Friday night duo gig. Outside, those looking to present a seasonal shiner went their merry way; those looking to avoid any such prospect, kept their head down, their metaphorical guard up, on the ‘office do’  merry meander.
Everything I Love opened the Anderson-Vanns’ set. Expansive, authoritative tenor from Anderson reaffirmed the view that the Royal Academy postgrad is a major voice on the national scene. Breathy Getzian tenor with a modernist edge dovetailed seamlessly with Vanns’ rich chordal vocabulary. Anderson’s Burning Man – usually heard in the set list of the Wildflower Sextet – and Vanns’ I Have Something to Say, But I’m Not Saying It held the attention of a select audience. An Apple Mac set-up (delays, loops etc) gave an altogether different take on Hoagy’s Skylark. Now listen here: one shouldn’t mess with a classic tune…Wonderful music, faint as a will o’ the wisp. Yet…somehow this treatment worked! The next time the duo visit Newcastle Skylark must be on the set list.
Kenny Wheeler’s Everybody’s Song But My Own has become something of a favourite of many musicians. It’s a marvellous melody and no doubt the Canadian brass master would be tickled pink to know how much others thought of his music. Anderson and Vanns paid due respect to the tune. The Jazz Café had a laid back feel to it; an oasis of calm amidst a night of bedlam out on the street. The adjoining Black Swan absorbed every jazz gig-goer for miles around as the hugely popular Strictly Smokin’ Big Band played the first of two nights to a full house. The Caff duo resumed their set with George Shearing’s Conception and followed with another Anderson original; Ralph’s Cross refers to a Yorkshire Moors’ waymarker – musicians seek and find inspiration in myriad ways! Thelonious Monk has become something of a spiritual guardian on Pink Lane. A staple of jam sessions and the subject of the ongoing Graeme Wilson-Paul Edis duo project heard only last week at No 25 Pink Lane, Anderson and Vanns’ played a samba-inflected Ask Me Now. As it is the season to be jolly/blotto (delete as appropriate) the evening’s entertainment ended with In the Bleak Midwinter. No one – bah humbugging types included – objected. May you find much jazz on your merry meanderings.
Russell.               

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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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