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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.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Arnie Somogyi - Scenes in the City: The Music of Charles Mingus. Gateshead Old Town Hall

Karen Sharp (alt/bar), Alan Barnes (alt/ten), Jeremy Price (tmb), Mark Edwards (pno), Arnie Somogyi (bs), Clark Tracey (dms).
Let's get the negative things out of the way first.
When I go to a political rally (not that I've ever been to one!) I don't expect the speaker to tell me how to play the double bass. Likewise, when I go to a jazz concert I don't expect the double bass player to pass on his unrequested views on the world of politics which is what Arnie did tonight.
Having said that, I realise that if it had been an actual Charles Mingus concert the late, great, bassist would have expressed his views more volubly than Arnie! So maybe it was in the spirit of the evening.
Musically, this Jazz North East promotion was near faultless. The Mingus feel was there in the arrangements, the rich harmonic textures made you just want to wallow in the sound.
Karen Sharp, making her debut with the band, blew tremendous baritone getting round the instrument as if it was in-built with a sound as full as any baritone player this side of Harry Carney.
Alan Barnes - well what more is there to be said? He floats like a butterfly on alto and stings like a bee on tenor (good phrase must use it again). I've said it before. he is at home in any style.
I felt Alan got closest to the original some of his multi tongued phrases were Shafi Hadi in concept but Alan Barnes in execution.
Jeremy Price, wisely chose not to go down the Jimmy Knepper road. Instead he did his own thing and it worked.
Arnie had the most difficult role - that of the jazz world's greatest bass-player. He handled it well.
Clark Tracey, as ever, a driving force in any band.
Mark Edwards had some good chordal passages as well as more flamboyant moments in his solos.
An all Mingus program that mixed the familiar with the not so familiar but never coasted.
Lance.
PS: and a good turnout boosted by a party of South Koreans on a cultural visit to Gateshead!

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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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