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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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

London Jazz Festival - David Sanborn/Joey DeFrancesco. Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre.

David Sanborn (alt); Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond/tpt/vcl); Byron Landham (dms). Denise ?(vcl).
Alex Wilson (pno); Davide Mantovani (bs); Frank Tontoh (dms).
Matt Roberts Big Band.
This was one helluva gig! Pure blues and good old rock and roll with David Sanborn soaring way above where altos dare to fly. He was up there in the piccolosphere courtesy of some brilliant harmonics. When he returned to Earth for a blast on Basin Street Blues everyone in the packed hall went along with him (down the Mississippi).
Not that this was a one man show - DeFrancesco cranked up the Hammond and made it stonk! He did good on the pedals and even blew some Milesian muted trumpet whilst doing it! Oh and he sang/hollored Let The Good Times Roll. This was Louis Jordan territory and Sanborn and Joey cut it A+. Superb drummer whose name I didn't catch - difficult when the audience are clamouring for more - I think it was Byron Landham. For an encore a lady from St. Louis, resplendent in a gold lamé outfit scored with Everyday I Have The Blues - Joe Williams never looked this flamboyant!.
Earlier the Alex Wilson Trio opened the show with an impressive Cuban based set.
Even earlier, in the foyer, the Matt Roberts Big Band blew up a storm with some great arrangements and modern, contemporary soloists. They also had the sexiest trombone player this side of Mark Nightingale - sorry Mark it was no contest! (Emma Bassett pictured right.)
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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