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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 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, August 12, 2017

Francis Tulip Quartet (aka Tulip Connection) @ Bar Tutsters, Bishop Auckland, August 10.

Francis Tulip (guitar), Joel Brown (keys), Michael Dunlop (bass), Matthew MacKellar (drums).
(Review by Steve T.)
The young lions of North East Jazz continue their triumphant run towards world domination. With less than a week to promote, the hordes were never going to turn out on a Thursday night in Bishop Auckland. Nevertheless, it was still pretty busy, including some local music luminaries and some local young musicians threatening to put their instruments on eBay.
Tutsters’ landlord, Mick McPherson, has tried his hand at Jazz before with a Tuesday night jam session featuring banjos, cornets, clarinets and, on occasion, a certain guitarist, so all credit to him for having a go.
Much of the Monk stuff featured at the Globe was stepped aside to make way for Wayne and Trane which the guitarist plans to feature with his Birmingham Conservatoire Quartet at Ushaw Jazz Festival in a couple of weeks’ time.
Central Park West from the album Coltrane Sound was a particular highlight, and Francis always illustrates his soulful side on this type of stuff, while Joel’s solo reminded me of McCoy Tyner’s sublime solo on My Favourite Things.
Just when you thought you were watching a band of seasoned professionals, they unleashed their, not altogether secret weapon, hidden around the corner from most of the punters, so I claimed my 'Matthew' seat for his first set solo.
Another secret weapon, Tony Eales, introduced the second set with his customary 'live jazz is good for you'.
More of the same but they'd now settled in with Francis coming to terms with his newly acquired arsenal of pedals, though still behind bass maestro Dunlop.
Matthew’s second set solo was even more impressive than the first; he's always had the chops but the language seems to have grown exponentially in recent times and I felt a pang of pride to have been witness to his growth.
I'd all but forgotten about Impressions, since it didn't feature at their Caff and Globe sets, so it was great to get a more structured rendition than the impromptu, brilliant, mess that blew the Caff jam session apart a while back.
A final Monk piece provided the encore but, like Matthew’s dad, and, I suspect, the landlord, they could have played all night for me.
He's keen to make this a regular thing, so with Mick Shoulder’s Friday lunchtime bash, a successful night at nearby Crook, Durham thriving and Darlo not far away, keep watching this space.
Steve T.     

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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.)
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