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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, October 05, 2014

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Ashington Jazz Club. October 1.

(Review by Peter S.)
The October meeting at the AJC was a unique experience as this was the first occasion that a Band as big as this had taken to our stage and floor. It was not easy to accommodate all sections of the band so the front line of 5 saxes and 4 trombones were placed on the dance floor with 4 in the trumpet quartet behind supported by the keyboard. 2 guitars(bass and rhythm) and drum kit. The arrangement displayed the band in an agreeable formation and with the music stands in front and the musicians impeccably dressed, we  looked at a very professional outfit reminiscent of the Bands from the days of Swing.
From the moment that this orchestra exploded with the opening number and throughout the extensive programme, the power of the music and the excitement generated filled the Elephant like no other during the 30+ years of this Jazz Club. The audience was uplifted in applauding every rendition as the diverse program progressed. It was obvious that a considerable amount of planning had gone into the arrangements as the close section harmonies, interspersed with creative improvisation, succeeded in providing the audience with excitement and admiration for this Band.
In the words of the Duke "We loved you madly". The members and welcome visitors demanded more and got a rousing encore. This Smokin' Band  is deserving of a bigger stage and hall where the music would benefit from the dynamics and enhanced acoustics. The Sage or City Hall would be good venues.
Club regulars are indebted to John Taylor whose  hands-on management skills and vision brought this truly wonderful experience to Ashington. I do not wish to name the musicians within the band or the vocalist  as they all performed so well or the extensive programme, nor do I  hesitate to commend the Strictly Smokin' Big Band to all you Jazz lovers out there.
You will not be disappointed for I am amazed that the North East Region can assemble a group of this high quality in our Jazz halls. Get out there and give your support. 
Peter S.
PS: Next Meeting - Wednesday, November 5th at 8.00 p.m. at the Elephant. Admission £5.
Guests will be The Virtuoso Jazz Trio of George MacDonald, James Birkett and  Tony Abell.                                          

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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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