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Camille Thurman: "Their [Tia Fuller & Mimi Jones] advice? If you're going to sing and play, be great at both or don't bother." - (DownBeat November 2018).

Greg Fishman: "I've loved playing music since I was 12, practising 8 hours a day, because I loved doing it every minute." - (DownBeat November 2018.)

Today Monday October 15

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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Remember when Chris Barber played for Middlesbrough? - he still does!

Things are looking up for 'The 'Boro'. Joint leader of The Championship and through to the next round of the League Cup. Middlesbrough is a football town and yet, they've never quite achieved their potential. Remember that season back in the days of Juninho and Ravanelli when they reached two cup finals, losing both - one after a replay - and were relegated? How heartbreaking must that have been for 'Boro fans of which I was one?
A few years earlier, there literally was a great triumph. The 1978 weekend at Ayresome Park where promoters Andy Hudson and George Wein brought the Newport Jazz Festival to Cleveland. Not Cleveland, Ohio, but Cleveland UK!
The memories of that weekend will live forever in the memories of those who were young enough, at the time, to be there. 
It was a very good year and I was young enough.
Festivals have come and gone since then but never has there been a one in the northeast to host so many great bands and artists.
To misquote a Blossom Dearie song; Rhode Island is Famous For You - Middlesbrough.
Forty years on, the magic is being recreated in the refurbished, and somewhat more grandiose, surroundings of Middlesbrough Town Hall.
Although most of the performers and the audience back then are probably long gone - Chris Barber and I, along with promoters Hudson and Wein being notable exceptions - nevertheless, an exciting October weekend (19th - 21st) lies ahead.
Radio Tees has got behind the whole thing and yesterday, presenter Bob Fischer spoke to trumpet player Noel Dennis and myself.
You can hear Noel and I being interviewed on the BBC iplayer. The festival part comes on circa 2:00pm and my interview is at  2:30pm.
Lance.

1 comment :

Steve Andrews said...

Interesting placement on the poster of "Big Chis Barber Band" next to "Dinosaur"!

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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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