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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.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October in the Rain - 2014 GIJF Launch

It was raining as David Gray (trombone), Ian Simpson (guitar) and James Robson (bass) launched GIJF 2014. With the towering figure of Earl Grey looking down from atop his monument in Newcastle city centre the trio played beneath umbrellas until the rain stopped, albeit briefly. When the rain started up again they soldiered on sans brollies. Whatever happens at the actual festival in April will be nothing compared to the tenacity of this trio! Imagine playing technically demanding pieces such as Monk's Well You Needn't on trombone in the rain and you've got the picture. 
Unfortunately I haven't (got the picture)! Not being accustomed to 10:30am gigs I came out without my camera and, in the inclement conditions, my camera phone proved hopelessly inadequate so, unless one of those lovely Sage ladies can come up with a photo we'll have to wait for the Evening Chronicle to provide the graphic images.. 
As for the actual artists appearing in April you can get a preview of some of the main performers on Sage Gateshead's website 
The official Press Release will be posted on Bebop Spoken Here 'Round Midnight.
Lance.
One of the lovely ladies did indeed come through with a pic - thank you Jackie/
In the forefront of the photo is Sage Supremo Ros Rigby holding the 10th anniversary cake celebrating 10 years of GIJFs.

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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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