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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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

CD Review: Blacktop - # One

Orphy Robinson (marimba), Pat Thomas (piano, keyboards, computer beats) & Steve Williamson (tenor & soprano saxophones)
(Review by Russell)
Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas formed Blacktop in 2011. A duo with invited guests, the CD # One features the tenor and soprano saxophones of Steve Williamson. Recorded ‘live’ at an accommodating London venue – Jazz in the Round @ The Cockpit Theatre – the trio set is a first rate example of freely improvised performance. Williamson’s playing – tenor or soprano – has a wistful, distant quality, dropping in and out, swirling around Robinson’s marimba and variously responding to, then avoiding, Thomas’ computer generated beats and tumultuous piano playing.
Robinson’s marimba builds measured, rhythmic patterns undeterred by the frequently frantic excursions of his collaborators, none more so than on the second of three pieces – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?  Williamson’s often distant sound (of cathedral-like dimensions) is subject to Thomas’ playful electronic interjections. A responsive, riled soprano, responds as if the occupant of a disturbed hornets’ nest. Measured marimba seeks resolution, piano taunts, at first falling in line, then, this being Pat Thomas, things go crazy. Robinson’s marimba gives as good as it gets, Williamson’s soprano engages in the animated conversation, a flourish of descending figures arrive at a sudden end.
The closing short piece – Archaic Nubian Stepdub – evolves out of Thomas’ scene-setting loops. Williamson’s soprano rides on Robinson’s response to the loop. No sooner has a riff been established, an end is signalled. All three musicians stop as if by prior arrangement.    
The CD’s running time is forty two minutes – a case of quality not quantity.
# One by Blacktop is released on July 14 on the Babel Label (BDV14128)
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.
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