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Bebop Spoken There

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 23, 2009

THE LAD v HCW at The Side.

The Lad (left): Adam Hastings (gtr), Peter Lee (kbds), Sam Vickery (bs), Ali Mack (dms). HCW: John Hirst (dms), Edd Carr (gtr), Christos Worsley (bs pictured below right.)
A double-header at The Side Café tonight in the form of HCW, who played a fine set here last November and "The Lad" - guitar wiz Adam Hastings' groove combo. On their last appearance, HCW - no prizes for working out where the name came from - had a distinct blues feeling to their music which was missing this time around. Instead, they played some well thought out originals that managed to escape the (sometimes) restrictive 12 bar format. Drummer Hirst's powerful technique, Edd Carr's exploratory solos and Christos Worsley's sensitive bass lines made for a tight unit. The 12 bar format holds no restrictions for Adam and nor does any other format from what I've heard. The mood here was George Benson and 'The Lad' was respectful towards his hero without being imitative. Peter Lee - no relation to the town or the old cabaret duo (Peters & Lee) - indicated that his soul mate was Billy Preston and he had some wild moments when in "Hammond" mode. Sam Vickery on bass and Ali Mack, drums, kept the engine powered for a set that had a few surprises. "Eleanor Rigby", despite Adam's professed love of the Beatles bore little resemblance to the original, I'm pleased to say, instead it had some guts to it. "Lately" was worthy of the composer (Stevie Wonder) and at times was quite delicate. However, for old boppers like myself, "Bouncing With Bud" was the highlight of an excellent set that simply "whizzed" by. The result? A score draw. Lance

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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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