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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, November 30, 2014

CD Review: Nils Landgren: Christmas With My Friends 1V

Nils Landgren (bandleader, trombone, vocals); Sharon Dyall (vocals, harmonica); Jonas Knutsson (saxes); Jeanette Kohn (vocals); Eva Kruse (bass); Jessica Pilnas (vocals); Ida Sand (piano, vocals, glockenspiel); Johan Norberg (guitar, kantele)
(Review by Ann Alex).
Santa time is here again and so are the Christmas CDs up for review.  ‘Ugh’ I thought, ‘this will be sentimental tosh’.  But not a bit of it, this is the 4th CD in a series, popular in Germany, offering thoughtful, varied interpretations of Christmas songs, just the thing to play for the family, and not too kitsch at all.
Numbers range from The First Noel; a version of George Michael’s Last Christmas; Ellington’s Come Sunday (beautiful reverent lyrics); Angel’s Carol by classical composer John Rutter; and German carols such as O Helga Natt.  Some are jazz interpretations, such as the bluesy spiritual If Anybody Ask You(Odetta) sung by Sharon Dyall with an introduction on harmonica; The Rutter song is sung in a soprano style by Jeanette Kohn and Ida Sand; Come Sunday features Sharon Dyall, who has a dry-toned jazzy voice, with guitar and trombone; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, my favourite track, is an instrumental with effective bass and trombone; Icicles, an original tune by Johan Norberg, features a lovely tinkling, cool, glockenspiel and, I guess, the kantele, although it’s not an instrument I’m familiar with. So there is some jazz, traditional Christmas songs, hymns such as Gutav Holst’s In The Bleak Midwinter, pop songs, a bit of classical singing, something for everyone, and all performed well, with imaginative interpretations.
Enjoy this CD with your Christmas dinner!
CD Nils Landgren: Christmas With My Friends 1V available on ACT Label.
Ann Alex  

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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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