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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.

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Smokin’ Spitfires - Scarth Hall, 5 South Green, Staindrop DL2 3LD. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!

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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, October 11, 2013

CD Review: New York Voices - Let It Snow.


Kim Nazarian,Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge (vcl) + big band and strings..
(Review by Lance)
If you're dining at home this Christmas, before you order the duck or the goose have a gander at this CD - it certainly ain't no turkey!
The New York Voices, in my opinion, currently the best vocal ensemble around, have produced a Christmas album that invites comparison with any vocal album of recent years and I don't just mean Yuletide offerings.

The opening Let It Snow has a Herman First Herd intro that sets up the songsters to display their rich, harmonic, tapestry - it also includes a cracking tenor solo by Meader who pops up elsewhere on soprano. Oh yes and he also arranges most of the numbers! . Think Man Tran, Hi-Lo's, Freshmen, Swingles and you soon realise that NYV are in that league - some might say they are heading it. This is perfect festival period music. It contains carols but, without a hint of sacrilege, they swing like as if the choir had OD'd on incense and communion wine!
Apart from the carols and Snow there's Christmas Song, Holiday for Strings and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Your guests will also appreciate the lack of White Christmas, Little Donkey, Winter Wonderland and Rudolph - if they want them they can nip down to their nearest supermarket!
And, unlike many Christmas presents,  it won't be forgotten after Boxing Day! I'll still be playing this at Easter! 
The CD New York Voices - Let It Snow is due for release on October 29 on the Five Cent Label.
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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