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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.

Friday, November 18, 2011

From Paris (France) to Paris (Kentucky) - The Hot Club of Cowtown @ The Sage, Gateshead.

Elana James (pictured left with our Ann Alexander) (violin/vocals);Whit Smith (vocals, guitar), and slap bass player Jake Erwin.
No wonder Bebop Spoken Here's Ann is smiling after Elana had autographed a CD for her - this had been one fantastic 3 tier full Hall 2 concert. And to think I'd been debating the other Sage option tonight i.e. Zappa Plays Zappa in Hall 1 - all 2 hours 30 minutes of it no interval'
No, this was a good call, the trio crossing the genres with ease. 
They played jazz a la Django/Stephane and country inspired by the Western Swing of, say, Bob Willis and the Playboys.
Listening to Elana and trying not to be distracted by her fascinating leg movements, I was reminded of the time when I first heard Hank Williams. I was 15 and just discovering jazz. There was a fiddle solo on the record which sounded pretty damn much like jazz to me although I was told it was Hillbilly music.
Well for me that "Hillbilly music" which became Country/Western Swing certainly had plenty jazz going for it tonight!
Elana is not only a fine fiddler but a super singer too. Exactly Like You, I Got It Bad, Oh Baby, Deed I Do, were just some of the jazzy items but even on the out and out country numbers she swung.
Whit Smith played Chet Atkins inspired guitar and sang in the country idiom. Guitar and fiddle were outstanding but the biggest ovation went to slap bass star Jake Erwin - his every slap and click brought the house down.
Loved every minute of tonight's show.
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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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