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Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

CD Review: Ian O'Beirne - Glasswork

Ian O'Beirne (alt/ten); Tim Wendel (gtr); Tim Brey (Fender Rhodes); Kurt Kotheimer (dbl. bass.); Matt Scarano (dms).
O'Beirne, Philadelphia based saxist/composer/arranger/educator, in a parallel universe plays baritone with a touring Glenn Miller Orchestra. He will do it well. However, although there's no String of Pearls on this disc there are plenty of gems not least the leader's alto and tenor sax work. His playing flows with an appealing fluidity without resorting to torrential outpourings of sound. This is one for those who prefer a melodic line with some often unexpected intervals thrown in just to add that vital element of surprise so essential to a good jazz performance.
Guitarist Wendell weaves in and out creating a rich tapestry of his own and whilst I'm not always a fan of Rhodes pianos Brey gets just the right sound for this ensemble. Piano and guitar combine well with bass and drums giving O'Beirne the perfect cushion.
 Ian O'Beirne - Glasswork can be obtained by following the above link.
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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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