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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.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Alan Glen Trio @ The Chilli

Alan Glen (pno), John Pope (bs), Mike Humble (dms).
Dave Weisser (tpt/flug/vcl), Barrie Ascroft (pno), Jim Crinson (bs), Rob Bates (dms).
Another splendid set from the trio. David Carnegie was unable to make the gig so tonight we had Mike Humble on drums and he did the business but good.
As ever, Alan played a choice selection of standards and an original - She Walks Into Mine - a lovely ballad with an identity of its own.
I Hear a Rhapsody, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, Like Someone in Love, Falling in Love With Love, What is This Thing Called Love, When I Fall in Love and Too Close For Comfort.
Piano playing at its best, first class bass playing and sympathetic drumming.
Mike and Alan, in fact, had worked together many times over the years so it wasn't long before they settled into each other's groove.
John Pope continues to grow in stature as a bassist and tonight he was quite amazing.
Classy vocalist Brenda Sokell was in the audience but, despite the lack of sitters in, didn't get a chance to sing.
Hopefully some other spring.
Earlier, the Take It to The Bridge Workshop put Airegin, The Chant, Au Privave and a few more under the musical microscope.
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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