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

Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Misterioso Monk @ The Jazz Café – Dec 11

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley from a previous gig.)
The Jazz Café’s newly tuned piano awaited a night of Monk. The brethren congregated around the altar to hear some nutty crepusculian sounds courtesy of Thelonious Sphere.
The altar, dedicated to Bacchus, praise be, received the many supplicants, an evening’s cloistered contemplation in the presence of monks Wilson and Edis was upon us.
Graeme Wilson and Paul Edis were about to reprise their set of Thelonious Monk tunes first heard at the Jazz Café earlier in the year. The faithful occupied front row pews, the bacchanalian agnostics lashed themselves to the altar, they were ‘on the lash’. Monk in NYC played to the non-believers, Wilson and Edis were about to do the same. If Monk was looking down on the scene he would be smiling, shuffling to the rhythms (rhythms he gave to the world). Bright Mississippi, on the chords of Sweet Georgia Brown, began the sermon. The duo took Crepuscule with Nellie, then A Merrier Christmas and we, the brethren, received with thanks the offering. Stuffy Turkey (seasonally topical), a Trinkle Tinkle treat, a nutty Nutty, then off on a San Francisco Holiday (Worry Later said Monk) – this was something else! Masters at work, Graeme Wilson’s tenor full-toned, warm, an education for the aspiring, Edis in scintillating form, Monk’s wonderfully skewed logic, left hand stride, rooted in the rootie tootie of the blues.
The non-believers didn’t get it. They moved on. The disciples stayed on. Hornin’ In, the pensive Monk’s Mood, Four in One, the off-centre Off Minor, one after another, this put the gig up there with the best heard this year on Pink Lane. That was about it. Wilson and Edis have to do this again – TS Monk would insist upon it. Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues Are – if you have to ask, it don’t mean a thing. Just imagine, if the non-believers were able to hum a Monk tune as they made their way to the next two-bit boozer they might just turn a Brilliant Corner!
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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