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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, October 14, 2014

CD Review: Gypsies of Bohemia - GYP POP

Matthew Whitaker (vcl/rhythm gtr.); Jim Wallace (ld gtr); Frank Grime (bs); Sam Draper (dms); Andy Stamatakis-Brown (piano).
(Review by Lance).
If you heard the Gypsies of Bohemia at the Jazz Café on Saturday night you've probably already bought this CD although it must be said that, unlike so many bands, they didn't ram the merchandise down your throat. Nothing more off-putting! The gig was great and so is the CD.

One of the most appealing aspects of  the Bohemians is their ability to take tunes I might otherwise have dismissed out of hand (purist that I am!), such as Blondie's Heart of Glass, and shape it into their inimitable style. But, not only that, it also enables me to view the originals with a less jaundiced eye - Damascus here I come!
However, the core of the music - irrespective of the source - is very mucho manouche with the Maccas thrashing away ably supported by piano bass and drums. All five are musicians to reckon with.
If I must choose a fave track, by narrowest of margins, it's what they do to Britney! It's Toxic! The cool laid back take, the tempo changes, I hope the guys won't think I'm underselling it by merely describing it as wonderful! 'cos that's what it is - and so is the album
So, if you procrastinated on buying the album or going to the gig, put it on your Xmas list. Nah put it on your Guy Fawkes list. Nah put it on your Halloween list. Tell you what - put it on your today list and walk around ASDA with a smile knowing these other people are spending their bread on Bread!
Go to the check out.
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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