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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.

Monday, May 11, 2015

CD Review: Nicola Farnon Trio - A Day at the Market

Nicola Farnon (double bass & vocals), Piero Tucci (piano & tenor saxophone) & Phil Johnson (drums & percussion)
(Review by Russell).
Nicola Farnon has been on Bebop Spoken Here’s radar for some time. When the line-up for this year’s Darlington Jazz Festival included an appearance by Ms Farnon it was the ideal opportunity to hear her. The performance by Ms Farnon’s trio prompted the instant purchase of this CD.
A Day at the Market was recorded live in the community hall of Farnon’s home village of Market Lavington, Wiltshire. Twelve tunes, all but one of them standards, capture Farnon and ‘the boys’ (Farnon’s endearing reference to Piero Tucci and Phil Johnson) as ‘live’ as it is possible to do at a gig. The one Farnon composition – Perfect Loverly Day –  is quite simply perfectly loverly! The standards include the opening track Let There Be Love (the playing is superb, swinging like nobody’s business), Cheek to Cheek, This Can’t Be Love and The More I See You. Farnon combines swinging bass playing (the girl has got a great sound) with a fabulous singing voice. Pianist Tucci swings non-stop, think Dudley Moore or Oscar Peterson (he plays a mean tenor sax too!) and drummer Phil Johnson ensures the swinging rhythmic pulse doesn’t miss a beat.
A Day at the Market was recorded, mixed and mastered by Andrew Cleyndert. No greater seal of approval than having Mr Cleyndert on board! The CD has been on repeat play for days on end. Reservations? None. Unreservedly recommended.
Visit: www.nicolafarnonmusic.com. then get along to a Nicola Farnon Trio gig. You won’t be disappointed.   
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.
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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