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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 27, 2015

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ The Millstone Feb.26.

(Review by Lance).
When you've heard a band so many times the problem you are presented with is what can you say that you haven't already said before? 
The answer is found in the equation w + x + y = n².
w = enthusiasm, x = superb arrangements, y = brilliant soloists, n = Basie (and the rest) squared!
Not that this is a mathematically regimentated band - far from it! They're tight when it needs to be tight and loose when fluidity calls.
My colleague Russell thought the piece about somebody having his toenail removed was fantastic - Black Nail?
This was an occasion where Russell and I disagreed - personally I'd have preferred to have had my toenail removed.
Having said that, the dissonance did have a certain left of centre appeal - imagine Kenton's Neophonic Orchestra playing Peanut Vendor and all the musicians suffering from a peanut allergy.
Away from that moment the band dug deep and, despite the deps - or maybe because of them - it swung.
Vocals from Lindsay and James, solos from the big hitters plus contributions from Jamie and Dave (big hitters in their own right) made this the best, last Thursday in the month for free, gig in town!
Lance.
Michael Lamb (tpt/md); Dave Holman, Dick Stacey, Ben Chinery (tpt); Keiran Parnaby, Mark Ferris, Tom Dowling, Robert Perry (tmb); Keith Robinson, Dave Kerridge (alt); Paul Gowland, Jamie Toms (ten); Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Graham Don (pno); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Michael Went (bs); Guy Swinton (dms/compere); Lindsay Hannon, James Hedley (vcls).

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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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