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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 18, 2014

Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie. April 17











Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs. gtr); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Jerry Edis.)
In contrast to last month's "select audience" this time round the joint was jumpin'. Of course it was Easter Eve which is as good an excuse as any to get bladdered - the Hoochie slogan "Every true music believer now has their church" certainly rung true tonight.
The band were loud and the congregation even louder. If you want sepulchral silence then go to a church with a steeple. Personally, I find a boisterous audience makes for a more relaxed atmosphere on stage. If you can here a pin drop then you can also hear a clanger dropped forcing the musicians to play safe and take less chances.
The Pilgrim St Set certainly took their chances and by and large they came off. I had a few reservations about the free section of a Frank Zappa number but that's probably due to my sometimes tunnelled vision approach to music.
On trumpet, Richard Burns, the tallest Australian in town, introduced a number as being by Cannonball Adelaide - I half expected the next piece to be by Victoria Feldman or Kathy Hobart! As it was the next piece was by bass guitarist Susans and titled Ventouse (google it!) - he certainly delivered..
Susans and drummer Walker were at the hub of everything driving the others along relentlessly - funksters to the finish.
Turner and Edis never give less than 101% with Gary completely re-designing Adolphe Sax's conception of his invention and Paul producing a multitude of keyboard sounds. Paul's original composition, We Don't Get Along certainly didn't apply to this situation - they gelled!
Down front we even had a couple dancing to an Ornette Coleman number, and why not? Music and dancing have always complemented each other and the more complex the music the more challenging it is for the dancers to interpret. These two interpreted!
The Pilgrim St. Set are at Hoochie on the third Thursday of each month so see you there on May 22. 
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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