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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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Darlington Jazz Festival. Sunday Afternoon Part Two. April 27

(Review by Russell (AKA Tolstoy).
Djangologie. Is there anything left to say about bassist Mick Shoulder’s Hot Club combo? Low maintenance virtuosi. Professional, on stage bang on time, the musicianship exemplary. A beer tent crowd can be problematic -ie noisy. In no time the band had them (Djangologists or not) listening to every nuanced turn. Minor Swing, Shoulder’s waltz Beautiful Till 3, one tune after another, all enthralling, totally engrossing. 
Rhythm guitar meister Giles Strong held court, those near the stage taking mental notes, to his right, the purveyor of the (impossible) perfectly constructed guitar solo, Dr James Birkett. Those taking instructional notes gave up, tore them up, opting to simply listen. Dr Birkett played the impossible on Dark Eyes (the applause deafening) and fellow star soloist Emma Fisk (violin) never played a wrong note (she never has done). Fisk possesses a wonderful tone, a swinging sense of time and plays solos to die for. Djangologie won an encore (the bet of the weekend) and went out on Douce Ambience. Note to Monsieur Shoulder - let’s have a Django festival.
Time for some bop. Alter Ego turned up in good time. Good to see the band listening to and appreciating Djangologie’s set. Drummer David ‘Blakey’ Francis drove the band from the traps in tandem with double bassist Tony Abell. A band composition - Boudini -  got things underway, the ensemble work always to the fore. Keith Robinson (alto), Dave Hignett (trumpet) and Andy Hawking (piano) stepped up on In Walked Horace and then a new band number - Odyssey – showcased the writing talents within the ranks. Bobby Watson’s mesmeric Wheel Within a Wheel heard the best of Hawking with the ensemble at its very best (Niall Armstrong impressive throughout the set on tenor, baritone and flute). Alter Ego went out on Hit and Run. Bop Lives!
Russell.

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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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