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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.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Taupe @ King’s Hall. March 20

(Review by Russell)
Thursdays, term time, is the time students take to the stage to do their thing in front of their peers and the public. Young musicians – classical, folk, rock, jazz, experimental, other – perform in familiar surroundings, to a supportive audience. This week, of interest to Bebop Spoken Here, were Taupe. Three musicians keen to experiment, with a CD about to hit the streets, presented one original piece – Mammatus – and the barometer of success (audience response) registered high on the scale. 
Drummer Adam Stapleford inserted ear plugs knowing that the trio would gradually crank it up. Alto saxophonist Jamie Stockbridge acted as storm chaser, seeking the thrill of being swept away by the developing squall. Mike Parr-Burman’s portentous riffs threatened to do damage but he kept things in check in King’s Hall. As a taster for the trio’s CD launch, this vignette augured well. The launch night is at the Head of Steam (opposite Newcastle Central Station), Wednesday 26 March. 7:30 pm, £5.00. on the door. Support from Yeah You and Hannabiell and Yilis. Hip hop and funk djs will fill the void(s) ‘til late.   Russell.

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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.
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