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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.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tomorrow (Monday Nov. 21) Night at The Sage

This JNE/Sage promotion looks interesting.:
  • Jazz North East & The Sage Gateshead present 
    ENESCU re-IMAGINED
    Tony Malaby (saxophones); Ralph Alessi (trumpet); Lucian Ban (piano); Mat Maneri (viola); Albrecht Maurer (violin); Drew Gress (bass); Mark Ferber (drums); Badal Roy (tabla)

    The contemporary classical composer George Enescu, who died in 1955, is little known in the UK (although an iconic figure in his native Romania), but the harmonic underpinnings of his work are very close to those of jazz, a fact recognised by expatriate pianist Lucian Ban, who pulled together this outstanding New York octet to re-interpret his music at the 2009 Enescu Festival in Bucharest. Ban subsequently took the project to Chicago and New York (where it made several critics’ ‘Gigs of the Year’ lists for 2010), and now comes to the Sage for one of only two UK performances – the other being at the London Jazz Festival. 
    Working at the edge of classical, jazz, and New York’s downtown scene, this has some affinities with Uri Caine’s acclaimed jazz take on Mahler, which came to Tyneside around a decade ago (also with Ralph Alessi on trumpet), but this may be even more of a revelation. Certainly you could hardly hope for a more exciting line-up, including, in addition to Alessi, storming reedsman Tony Malaby, viola virtuoso Mat Maneri, top bassist Drew Gress and one-time Miles Davis percussionist Badal Roy. It’s a band that would be worth hearing in any context, but in this exciting and adventurous project, it’s likely to give us an unforgettable event.
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    The above is from the Jazz North East Facebook page.
    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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