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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, April 12, 2015

GIJF Day Two: Kevin LeGendre and the Cookers explore Hard Bop

Billy Harper; Eddie Henderson; Jaleel Shaw; David Weiss; George Cables; Cecil McBee; Billy Hart in conversation with Kevin LeGendre.
This was an absolute gem of an afternoon listening to seven living legends - and I'm not using the expression lightly - talking about their careers and their association with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Most, with the probable exception of drummer Billy Hart, had played with the Messengers and all had fascinating stories to tell.

This magnificent seven comprise the line-up of The Cookers who play Hall Two this Afternoon (2pm). The name, The Cookers was inspired by the 2 CD Blue Note set The Night of the Cookers by Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan recorded live at a club in Brooklyn in 1965.
Such was Eddie Henderson's descriptive powers (he had a front row table on that memorable night) you felt you were there too!
Even though this afternoon's session overran by half an hour it still wasn't long enough. I'd have loved to be able to talk to George Cables about his association with Art Pepper or Billy Harper on playing with Thad Jones/Mel Lewis - his extended solo on Fingers from that band's album Consummation is about as good a big band tenor blast as you'll ever hear and that includes Gonsalves at Newport in 1956.
But time caught up and Kevin Legendre, who'd chaired the discussion admirably - albeit somewhat under-miked - reluctantly called time gentlemen please.
It certainly whetted my appetite for today's Afternoon of The Cookers! *
Lance.
*The Cookers, Hall Two - 2pm today (April 12)

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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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