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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.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pilgrim St. Set @ Hoochie Coochie February 19.

Richard Burns (tpt); Gary Turner (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Paul Susans (bs gtr); Rob Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Jerry.)
The monthly gig by the Pilgrim St. Set at the popular Pilgrim St. venue was accorded by the Pilgrims present to have been proof of the on-stage Pilgrims' progress. inasmuch as, with the exception of Horace Silver's Nutville, and Wayne Shorter's Adam's Apple all the numbers were composed by the various band members. That my personal preference was for Nutville is no reflection on the rest which, to a greater or lesser degree, were all excellent.
The heat generated by the band was of such intensity that, had the old fire station across the road still been operative, the crews would have been on a red alert standby.
I didn't catch the names of the originals - not being au fait with the Australian language - but it didn't matter, What did matter were the solos which sizzled like pork sausages in a frying pan. In particular, Gary Turner aimed for Mars and landed on Jupiter - such was the power of his solos.
Burns, by contrast, adopted the Milesian approach and went for the meaningful rather than the flamboyant. On keyboards, Edis took the middle road getting the best of both worlds along the way. Susans, on bass guitar tonight, had no worries about collapsing bridges as he played some of the funkiest bass since Jaco was at the City Hall.
Rob had earlier given us an extended display of his talents during a percussive soundcheck and he kept that momentum going during the gig.
In between numbers Burns told us about making a compost bin and purchasing a 2007 Vauxhall Victor and, prior to the gig, Warren played an interesting disque - Ces Bottes Sont Faites Pour Marcher.
Back on March 19 (or maybe March 12)
Lance.
PS: Thanks to Paul Grainger for identifying Adam's Apple for me.

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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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