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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.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blood Count - Radio 4

Quite a delightful and at times poignant drama by trumpet player and dramatist Ian Smith on Radio 4 this afternoon (available on BBC iplayer for 7 days) in which a lady reporter for Time Magazine interviews Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn during the course of the latter's last recording session.
Clarke Peters gives a convincing performance as the urbane, sophisticated Ellington fending questions from Ashleigh Naddad as interviewer Elaine Robillard. Don Gillet as Strayhorn also gives a realistic performance as a man philosophically viewing the cancer that is killing him even changing the title of his final piece to Blood Count.
Robillard tries to get Ellington to admit he stole some of Strayhorn's music but neither of the two men give direct answers and the listener is left with the impression that both needed each other.
Musical snatches can be heard including a complete version of Ellington's monologue - Pretty and the Wolf.
Worth checking the iplayer link.
Musicians: Ian Smith (tpt); Alan Barnes (reeds); Dave Newton (pno); Andy Cleyndert (bs); Matt Holm (dms).
Lance.

3 comments :

  1. Sorry I missed this. Sounds just up my street.

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  2. Liz....you can listen again via the BBC website

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0400mh7

    And thanks, Lance - glad you enjoyed it. Maybe see you at the next Gateshead Festival.

    Ian

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  3. brilliant, thoroughly enjoyable and with a wonderful spiritual thread, thank you Ian and the fantastic cast.

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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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