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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.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

CD Review: Tommy Andrews Quintet – The Crux

Tommy Andrews (alto/clt); Nick Costley-White (gtr); Rick Simpson (pno); Dave Manington (bs); Dave Hamblett (dms).
(Review by Steve H.)
This debut  album from  up and  coming reeds player Tommy Andrews is a fine effort. Andrews, whose interests outside music are particle physics and rock climbing, incorporates these twin  themes into many of his compositions.  I haven’t met the guy but he comes over as a cross between Professor Brian Cox, Chris Bonnington and the late Patrick Moore.

The album begins gently as we are lulled into Sirens.  The focal point of this piece is a fine piano solo from Rick Simpson. Andrews himself leads off both my favourite and the title track The Crux which is dedicated to Higgs Boson pioneer Peter Higgs. A core theme runs throughout featuring both guitar and piano solos, while a  rousing mid section really sets the tone for the remainder of the song as the whole ensemble  led by Andrews on sax really gives us some particle acceleration.  A gentle bass intro heralds the melancholic Crystal Car  before another strong sax solo takes over. Mr Skinny Legs refers to the name given to spiders by Andrews’ 3 year old nephew; this tune again builds nicely around its recurring theme. L.H.B doesn’t refer to Left Hand Bat as I thought but to Late Heavy Bombardment which is a term used to describe the period in history when a large number of asteroids collided with various planets. The piece begins quietly before culminating in  the astronomical manner of the title. Toscana (Sirens Pt II)  is a haunting rolling piece with again piano and sax at its core. Steep provides a fitting up-tempo finale leaving the listener pleasantly satisfied with the entire album.
Tommy Andrews Quintet – The Crux is currently available on JellymouldJazz Records
Steve H.

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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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