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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 Friday July 21

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day 0ne of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Ruth Lambert Quartet - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Alice Grace Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Belinda Voshtina & James Harrison - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

CD Review: The Susan Krebs Chamber Band - Simple Gifts

Susan Krebs – vocals, Rich Eames – piano, Rob Lockart -  woodwind, Scott Breadman – percussion, Paul Cartwright – violin & viola.
(Review by Debra M)
Chamber ensembles developed in the era of classical music, where small group of musicians would play without a conductor in small venues and society residences, in contrast to larger orchestras conducted in formal concert halls.  ‘Simple Gifts’ is the result of a similar collaboration over several years in Southern California, between vocalist Susan Krebs and a group of jazz musicians. 
The material encompasses a wide range of musical styles, although the opening ‘Let’s Call a Heart a Heart’ is an easy going, swinging blues.  In contrast, ‘Looking Back’ a reflection on a rural childhood, has a more pastoral & classical feel with lilting phrases from violin and saxophone.  Abbey Lincoln’s ‘Throw It Away’ is outstanding; Krebs’ passionate vocal is reflected in dramatic Eastern influenced instrumentation with exquisite violin from Paul Cartwright, and great support from Scott Breadman on percussion.
Other highlights include ‘So Many Stars’ featuring Rob Lockart on free flowing soprano sax, and ‘Falling Grace’,  where the lyric is elaborated by an atmospheric soundscape,  inspired by  a winter snow storm (presumably not in California). Susan Krebs’ acting background is evident in her expressive delivery, which can be a little mannered. However, there is great cohesion and musical sympathy shared by the ensemble throughout the project.
Debra M.

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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.
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