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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 Monday October 22

Afternoon.

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Overture to A Jazzy Christmas @ Sage Gateshead - December 22

Whilst awaiting Ann's review of last night's 'A Jazzy Christmas' at Sage Gateshead I'd like to make a few observations on the event.
1) Paul Edis' arrangements were superb, breathing new life into some old chestnuts.
2) A lot of those 'old chestnuts' are jolly good tunes irrespective of the season. How could they not be with master craftsmen such as Irving Berlin and Mel Tormé at the helm?
3) A good jazz musician can make many a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Tonight's band, no doubt, have a drawer full of them.
4) Jingle Bells is, melodically speaking, more interesting than C Jam Blues.
5) This year's backline horns (drawn from Jambone) may well be next year's frontliners.
Lance
Photo by Jerry - more to follow with the official review!

7 comments :

Hugh said...

Yes, a good night! Agree with all your comments, especially regarding Paul's arrangments and the back row Jamboners. Could have done with the flute slightly nearer the mic, I thought - couldn't really hear it - heard the piccolo alright though!

Patrick Brennan said...

A wholly entertaining evening - hope it's repeated next year

Russell said...

Next year let's make sure that Paul's gig doesn't clash with the returning globe trotting superstars otherwise known as the Francis Tulip Quartet!

Jen Errington said...

Good to see you up and almost running again Lance! Best wishes for a healthy 2018.

Steve T said...

Here here.

Steve T said...

The here here was for all above comments.

Paul Edis (on F/b). said...

Thanks Lance! Looking forward to the review. All the best for Christmas and the New Year, Paul

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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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