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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 Sunday September 24

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day three of three.
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Afternoon.
More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
Ian Harrington (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
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Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche - Claypath Delicatessen, Durham DH1 1QS. 0191 3407209. 4pm. £5.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's, 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Blues Jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Jazz Tones - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £4.
Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 01325 788564. 5pm. Weekly.
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Evening
The Blueswater - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ 0191 2304474. Doors 7pm. £7.
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Chris Martin - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Jazztones @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington - May14














Shaune Eland (trumpet), Alan Thompson (tenor saxophone), Steve McGarvie (keyboards & soprano saxophone), Alan Smith (bass) & Stephen Fletcher (drums) + Beth Roberts (alto saxophone) & Ted Pearce (keyboards)
(Review by Russell)
Blues for Duane, One Mint Julep, Bernie’s Tune, three gems for starters. The Jazztones returned to play another set at the Quakerhouse, the de facto HQ of the long-running Darlington Jazz Club. The Mechanics’ Yard pub hosts regular gigs – blues, rock, and, twice a month, jazz. A six o’clock start attracts listeners and performers across the age spectrum – teenagers to octogenarians. An illustration of this early evening gig policy presented an established small group (the Jazztones) a been-there-done-that musician invited to sit in (pianist Mr Ted Pearce), and star of the future, Ms Beth Roberts playing alto saxophone.

Black Orpheus and Comin’ Home Baby rounded off a first set of relaxed jazz. Trumpeter Shaune Eland and Alan Thompson (tenor saxophone) exchanged leisurely solos supported by pianist and occasional soprano saxophonist Steve McGarvie, depping bassist Alan Smith, and award winning drummer Stephen Fletcher. The set highlight (hopefully the guys in the band won’t take offence!) featured Beth Roberts on Tadd Dameron’s Lady Bird. Standing her ground between the frontline duo of Eland and Thompson, the young altoist continues to find something in the tune, finding her way around it with increasing confidence. Roberts departed to resume door duties and organise the all important raffle!

The Jazztones’ second set spanned the generations – the quintet firing on Lee Morgan’s Tom Cat, veteran Pearce joining the band on Out of Nowhere (McGarvie on soprano), and the return of Beth Roberts to play Blue Bossa (Eland content to leave the stage to the young altoist). Darlington Jazz Club’s year round sessions present numerous regional musicians and occasional out-of-towners. A procession of emerging musicians gigged at the Quakerhouse (and other venues) including Square One guitarist Joe Williamson, Will Howard, reeds, Leeds College of Music undergraduate drummer Abbie Finn (heard recently at the Quakerhouse), and the Bakers (Amy, the Jazztones’ regular bass player and brother Alex, reeds). To close the Jazztones’ set Beth Roberts rejoined the band to play Freddie Hubbard’s Red Clay. Our altoist took a first solo, laying down a marker. Eland, Thompson and co did their best to keep up. The next Darlington Jazz Club gig is a young musicians’ jam night at the Quakerhouse on Sunday 28 May. Six o’clock start, recommended. 
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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