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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, November 16, 2011

London Jazz Festival Vocal Jazz Summit - Spice of Life.

Trudy Kerr/Nia Lynn/Anjali Perrin (vcl); Gareth Lochrane (flutes; Dave Whitford (bs); Barry Green (pno); Jim Hart (dms).
This was quite a night with a big queue to get into my favourite London jazz venue. Understandably so as, apart from the singers look at the guys in the band! Do you know a better flautist than Gareth? Barry Green, Dave and Jim Hart also cut the mustard - they should be employed by Colmans!
But tonight was singers' night and what singers!
Anj kicked off with A Weaver of Dreams and the others knew it was game on. You Must Believe in Spring, Yesterdays and On a Clear Day put down the bench mark. This diminutive chick sings good, scats without going over the top and, maybe it's because I'm reading a book about the lady, reminded me of Carmen McRae.
Next up Nia Lynn. Nia has a more contemporary sound and it was no surprise that her big hitter was Tom Waits' Soldier's Things - this one raised the bar a notch higher.
Enter Trudy Kerr.
Born to be Blue, Don't Get Around Much Anymore (dedicated to Michael Garrick), Waltz For Debby, Gladly, Madly, in Love and a wild Rhythm of Life possibly gave the nod but it was close and when the other two joined her for But Not For Me it ended honours even.
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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