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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.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

GIJF Day One: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston

James Birkett (guitar) & Bradley Johnston (guitar)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
Late night classic jazz guitar. Sage Gateshead’s cavernous concourse is a difficult space to fill at the best of times. For two seated guitarists to hold the attention of those milling around was a tall order. Messrs Birkett and Johnston set about the task. The best thing to do was to play some great jazz guitar and these guys did just that!
In recent years James Birkett has had an affinity with the Norman Foster-designed Sage Gateshead lecturing on the BMus degree course based in the Music Education Centre. A current student on the course is one B Johnston. So, home territory, let’s play! Blues for BJ, Wave, Stringing the Blues, Birkett and Johnston complemented one another; soloist, rhythmic support, Birkett the senior man confident of Johnston’s abilities. Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt, Pat Metheny, Birkett and Johnston, the lineage defined. Nuages (of course), Skating in Central Park, Doxy. It couldn’t get much better than that…or could it? The idea of meshing Oleo and Anthropology into one could be considered a sign of madness. Well, let’s declare Birkett and Johnston clinically insane. Hang on, they went for it and it worked. There’s a fine line between madness and genius. Mark these guys down in the latter category! After that, tackling Chick Corea’s Spain was a piece of cake.    
Russell.    

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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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