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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

Stu Collingwood Trio @ The Globe August 10

Mo Scott (vocals) Stu Collingwood (organ); Lloyd Howell (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo from Jazz Coop archive)
This was advertised as a duo, but Mo came along as well, I’m pleased to say. I encountered Mo many years ago as a blues singer but she’s always been familiar with standard jazz songs, and she excelled with the Gasbook last night, giving a rather more raunchy style of interpretation than is usual. Stu explained to me that his organ/keyboard needed only a light touch to play multiple notes very fast, but maybe he was being modest as his fingers flew over the keys and chords like forked lightning, and his feet danced on the pedals, entrancing to watch. And the drummer held all the rhythms together like the master that he is.
An instrumental first, Back To The Chicken Shack, keys skittering, then staccato, then making an almost human laughing sound; next came Groove Merchant, up, down and around the scales. Up stepped Mo to tell us that she Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, then a suitably spirited Fever; she called out to ask Lover Man, Where Can You Be? I think she must have located lover man, as her next song said Squeeze Me. There followed Tell Me More And Then Some and Love Me Or Leave Me. Followed by an instrumental of Georgie Fame’s first big hit Yeh, Yeh, to round off the first half.

An instrumental opened the second leg,  Jimmy Smith's The Cat, then came Weather Report’s Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.
I could hardly stop myself from singing this as we did it at a Sage Jazz Co-op workshop a few months back – I kept quiet and the audience last night didn’t realise what a lucky escape they’d had! Mo returned to the stage for Mean To Me; a sensitive But Beautiful; Lover Come Back To Me. Then my current favourite song, You Don’t Know What Love Is; Route 66 (loud chock sounds from the drums, followed by a drum solo); Duke’s In A Mellow Tone and Ready And Able from instruments only. Mo returned for God Bless The Child; Georgia; Unchain My Heart (a little dance of enthusiasm from Mo); a very bluesy Love Me Like A Man. All stops were out for the final number, Booker T’s Help Me (I Can’t Do It All By Myself).
A good time was had by all.
Ann Alex

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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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