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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, April 03, 2017

GIJF Day 3: Alan Broadbent & Georgia Mancio Songbook Quartet @ Sage Gateshead - April 2

Georgia Mancio (vocal); Alan Broadbent (piano); Oli Hayhurst (bass); Dave Ohm (drums).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Russell).
When the festival program was announced I looked at this gig and said to myself, "Could be interesting" whilst noting that there was competition from the other two major halls.
Then I received a review copy of the Mancio/Broadbent  Songbook CD and the competition was blown away!
At a festival that began with a seemingly unbeatable performance by Clare Teal and continued with more vocal virtuosity from Natalie Williams (w. Ronnie Scott's All Stars) this wasn't just the icing on the cake - it was the cake with the bridesmaids, 27 sets of cutlery and a year's subscription to Good Housekeeping thrown in.
The voice, full of warmth and pitch perfect, tells of emotions both happy and sad. The piano, a living legend and maybe the finest thing ever to escape from the Antipodes, is the perfect foil, complementing and supplementing the magic that unfolds with scintillating solos and chordal complexities that mere mortals can only dream about.The 'bridesmaids' undoubtedly handpicked and absolutely perfect for the job in hand whilst the material...
...the material. Words, by Mancio, music by Broadbent, this was Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira, Berlin, Porter, Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields born again in a different century.
It didn't, it couldn't, get any better than this and, if Ronnie's hadn't been sold out tonight, I think I'd have been on the next train south.
But, don't despair, buy the CD to hear what you've missed. It's been on my car stereo for a month and the chances are it will still be there come Christmas - any Christmas!
Memorable.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Georgia Mancio (on F/b)Monday, April 03, 2017 10:40:00 am

    Thanks so much Lance! Next time I'll keep my eyes open in the photo too!

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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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