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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, November 23, 2017

CD Review: Fraser & The Alibis

Fraser Smith (tenor); Joe Webb (Hammond); Harry Sankey (guitar); Gethin Jones (drums).
(Review by Lance)
Fraser and his Alibis share a view contrary to that of their musical peers (late-twenty-somethings) inasmuch as their passion lies with the 'straight ahead' genre of Dexter, Wes, Clifford Jordan, Jack McDuff and the 50's/60's Blue Note Era - done via their own original compositions.
The subject has been well-rehearsed but not plagiarised. Smith wallows in that funky Gene Ammons/Ike Quebec sound, if he'd lived in, say, St. Louis he'd have done a few gigs walkin' the bar. Joe Webb draws from and adds to, the southside licks of McGriff, McDuff, Groove Holmes, Jimmy Smith and all the others who took the organ from the church to the barroom. Sankey has paid his dues, no need to ask who to! Now based in London, the drummer's name gives a strong clue as to where they are originally from although, in a blindfold test, the answer may be several thousand miles different.
Remember when the Tommy Chase Quartet burst on the scene? Well, Fraser & The Alibis make the same kind of impact - with subtlety!
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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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