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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 26, 2015

Peter Gilligan & Don Forbes @ The Jazz Café - April 25

Peter Gilligan (pno); Don Forbes (tpt).
(Review by Lance).
I made my way back to civilisation - if that's the correct term for Newcastle on a Saturday night - via Shanks' Pony and night-capped at the Jazz Café.
A bottle of Grainger Bitter went down well with the piano/trumpet combination of Gilligan,P and Forbes,D who were doing nice things with Iris - a piece by Shorter,W.
A customer requested something he could singalong to so they played St.Vitus Dance by Silver,H.
He didn't singalong and, fortunately, didn't dance either.
Break time coincided with the arrival of bon viveur and man about town Ray Burns who displays a similar flair for fashion to that associated with both Wilde,O and Melly,G. He'd been to a Gothic happening down Whitby way.
Back on the stand, Dear Old Stockholm and Tenderly saw the duo lay down flowing trumpet lines and fanciful piano flights. They sounded good but the Metro beckoned so it was with much reluctance that I left.
Lance.

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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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