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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.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe. February 15

(Review by Russell/photo from archive)
Take it to the Bridge. Dave Weisser’s weekly workshop session has long since become a Tyneside institution. The spoils are scant, participation is reward in itself. Proceedings at the Jazz Co-op’s Globe premises got underway more or less on time – there is a vintage poster in the archives advertising the start time as ‘8.00pm-ish’ – with an octet playing an invigorating All the Things You Are.
Up jumped Rachel Richman to make it a nonet and a quick change in the drum chair with the redoubtable Norman Redhead graciously insistent that Matthew Fairhurst should take his place and we were off again with Weisser taking the vocals on Dindi. The double alto horns – Jude Murphy and Rachel Richman – took on Michael Brecker’s Midnight Voyage with Messrs Weisser and Ray Johnson in support. The inevitable round of solos can make for a frenzied atmosphere and it was down to Richman to bring about a more relaxed vibe on perhaps the tune of the night – I Thought About You (Weisser muted, Murphy on flute).
The Jazz Co-op’s hand-pull (beer) wasn’t available. A bottle of Black Sheep a good alternative, the raffle won by the barman (stewards enquiry!), and here’s one for the stats geek…Phil, as ever, doing the door, and bassist Jonathan Proud share the same birthday. What are the odds in a gathering of fifteen? Someone suggested a chorus of Happy Birthday. J. Proud, not sighted since his Legohead days, was looking to play some jazz and it can be reported he has lost none of his considerable technique. Tuesday’s Jazz Café jam session may well be graced by J. Proud.

Love for Sale (JP’s solo, Weisser’s vocal), a Freddie Hubbard waltz (Ray Johnson doing the business, likewise new boy, guitarist Pete Bennett), Murphy, flute, on A Foggy Day, it turned out to be a canny session. Blue Monk (all on the money including Roy Stephenson, guitar and veteran pianist Barry Ascroft) a highlight, almost time to go, but not before the multi-talented Jude Murphy’s impromptu scatted chorus on All of Me and Footprints. The Take it to the Bridge session will be at the Jazz Co-op’s Railway Street HQ next week, as usual, at eight o’clock (ish). Before then, the Globe on Saturday (18th) is the place to be to hear the supercharged Strictly Smokin’ Big Band working in the company of trumpet superstar Bruce Adams. The band, Adams, Alice Grace…start queuing now!  
Russell.   
Dave Weisser (cornet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet, flugelhorn & congas), Jude Murphy (alto saxophone, flute, shakers & vocals), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Roy Stephenson (guitar), Pete Bennett (guitar), Barry Ascroft (piano), Jonathan Proud (bass), Norman Redhead (drums) & Matthew Fairhurst (drums)

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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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