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Ben Williams: "Jaco [Pastorius] is almost like the Charlie Parker of the bass." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Dana Hall: "My philosophy is that everyone in the band is a drummer." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Saturday October 20

Afternoon

NYJO + Tees Valley Youth Big Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 3:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Evening

Big Chris Barber Band - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 7:30pm. £15.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Dinosaur - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 10:00pm. £12.00. Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Smokin’ Spitfires - Scarth Hall, 5 South Green, Staindrop DL2 3LD. 7:30pm.

The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Farewell - Blossom Dearie

I feel sad - very sad - hearing of the death of Blossom Dearie on Feb 7. I vividly remember her gig at Newcastle's University Theatre back in the 1970's/80's. So much class, so much talent - charisma to spare. It was only a few months back that I was waxing eloquently in these columns over her version of "They Say It's Spring".
Never has such a small voice delivered so much.
And now she's gone and the world of jazz vocal is that much poorer.
She was 82.
Thank goodness we've got the recorded legacy.
I'm obliged to Russell for passing on this sad news.
Listen here. Listen again. (From John Taylor)
Lance

3 comments :

Roly said...

Yes - very sad. She was special. She had all the necessary attributes of an international class jazz artist, time, touch, feel etc. but possessed that extra ingredient that sets her apart - total uniqueness.
Roly

Hil said...

I remember hearing Blossom at Ronnie Scotts in the late 60's.

I just loved her, and her wonderful sweet voice.

RIP.

John Taylor said...

Hil mentioned hearing Blossom Dearie at Ronnie Scott's
My first "non trad" LP was Blossom Time at Ronnie Scott's. I now also have the official CD released a few years ago
Blossom voice was that of a female Chet Baker - a one off!

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