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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.

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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.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - July 30

(Review by Russell)
A typical Monday afternoon down at the Crescent Club - the Jazz in the Afternoon band plus a few sitters-in. This week, all the way from Oz, Don Armstrong and Harry Stephenson, and, from just around the corner, the Cullercoats Songstress herself, Teresa (no relation to Don) Armstrong. 

When You and I Were Young, Maggie then Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee's Livin' with the Blues, a regulation start from frontman Herbie Hudson and the boys. More from Hudson the vocalist singing about My Gal Sal, one from the band's other singer, drummer Fred Thompson - I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) - and in no time the first set outer - Back Home in Indiana - with Hudson once more taking the vocal mic alongside the seated Don Armstrong on clarinet. 
Time for a refill - Hexhamshire Brewery's Shire Bitter at a giveaway £2.80., a chat with Mary B (see photo), another dud raffle ticket - before an interval/early second set appearance of one of Cullercoats' finest...Teresa Armstrong. Accompanied by pianist Roy Gibson, TA sang I've Got That Old Feeling'S Wonderful (it was) and After You've Gone. That left Miles Watson with a lot to live up to. The trumpeter likes to sing a tune and this afternoon he opted for 'Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It).

It was a quarter to three (there's a lyric in there somewhere) as the stand accommodated everyone who had earlier made a contribution including the man at the back, steady Eddie, Mr John Carstairs Hallam and pianist Brian Chester swopping the 88s for his trusty 'bone on The Glory of Love. The homeward bound Metro was coming down the line... 
Russell.
Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals); Don Armstrong (clarinet, alto sax, penny whistle); Brian Chester (piano, trombone); John Carstairs Hallam (double bass); Fred Thompson (drums, vocals) + Teresa Armstrong (vocals); Roy Gibson (piano); Miles Watson (trumpet, vocals); Harry Stephenson (clarinet)  

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