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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.

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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.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

RIP Tommy Whittle











Very sad to learn of the death of Tommy Whittle on Monday October 14 - one day after his 87th birthday. One of the UK's greatest ever tenor players he could out-swing just about anyone. He played several times at Blaydon Jazz Club and I remember a memorable gig he did at Live Theatre with the great Polish pocket trumpet player Janusz Carmello. I first heard Tommy Whittle live at the Hopbine, a pub in Wembley, where he ran a Wednesday night jazz club for many years. I've also got a live recording from there with Tubby Hayes - that was quite a night! As well as the Hopbine he had another residency - The Dorchester, talk about contrast!
Married to singer Barbara Jay they made a formidable team and our sympathy goes out to Barbara and family.
Tommy Whittle will be sadly missed.
Lance.

4 comments :

Roly said...

Sad news. We were privileged to bring Tommy to Blaydon several times - he always played great and was the perfect gentleman.
A legend of the UK jazz scene.
Roly

Mia Webb (on f/b). said...

Very sad news. RIP Tommy x.

Ernie Jackson (on f/b) said...

A great player and a very nice man.

Lance said...

Listening to Tommy's CD Grace Notes - the most beautiful version of Polka Dots and Moonbeams I've ever heard. Oh man that tone! Every note just the right one. Reminds me of a night back in the 1980's when I heard him at the Bull's Head in Barnes with Turk Mauro on baritone. That was one night when I didn't mind missing the last tube from Hammersmith! Can't remember how we got to our digs - probably floated on air...

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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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