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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.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Customs House Big Band New Crown Hotel South Shields 2/11/10.

Peter Morgan (MD/bs tmb), Ruth Lambert (vcl), Ken de Vere, Paul Riley-Gledhill, Michael Lamb Joe Taylor (tpts). Chris Gurgit-Smith, Mike Fletcher, Eddie Bellis (tmbs). Jill Brett (alt/flt), Elaine Willis (alt), Alan Marshall, Tom McQuillian (ten), Christine Atkinson (bar). Bill Britain (pno), Tom Patterson (bs gtr), Roy Willis (gtr), David Francis (dms). The few brave souls who braved the monsoon and aquaplaned to the New Crown were rewarded with the usual cracking performance by the CHBB under the direction of the urbane Peter Morgan. In the rehearsal set were Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue, Keep The Customer Satisfied (a la Buddy Rich), and a Gordon Goodwin arrangement of O Tannenbaum (or The Red Flag or Maryland My Maryland, according to your beliefs.) In the Concert set the band reprised 5' 2'', and played Bright Eyes, a Bill Holman number not the one about rabbits, Samba For All Seasons and Witchcraft. Good jazz solos from Jill Brett, Alan Marshal, Eddie Bellis, Michael Lamb, Joe Taylor, Bill Britten and David Francis. The band then accompanied Ruth on I've Got The World On A String, My Heart Belongs To Daddy, Blue Moon with bass intro by Tom Pattison, finishing off with Well Alright OK You Win. Nothing I can say about Ruth that Lance hasn't said all ready - she was wonderful. Anybody who has ambition to play in a big band should dig these open rehearsals, they show that not only do you need instrumental and reading ability but also interpretation and this band has it in spades.
Photos. Miles

1 comment :

Lance said...

Thanks Miles. I'd been doing an early shift with the Chilli Road Band and fully intended driving over to South Shields but, as you say, the Monsoon...
Sounds like it was an okay night.

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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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