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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, August 08, 2015

Lambert and Williams @ The Vermont Hotel. August 7

Ruth Lambert (vocals) & Mark Williams (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
The wedding party probably couldn’t believe their luck in having such high quality musical entertainment laid on for the occasion. A nice touch by the hotel’s manager, clearly someone with impeccable taste, eager to make the day for the newly weds.
The bride looked radiant. ‘Radiant’ is the word, isn’t it? All brides are described as being ‘radiant’, ‘happy’, blah, blah. Of course the music – courtesy of Ruth Lambert and Mark Williams – just happened to be a regular gig in the Redwood Bar, but, hey, don’t tell the newlyweds!
Hopefully the nuptials went without a hitch and all arrived on time. The early Friday evening jazz booking had, without publicity, been brought forward to a late afternoon start – half past four. Consequently your correspondent arrived at the church, sorry, hotel, a tad late. Vocalist Ruth Lambert was half way through singing three hundred plus tunes (slight exaggeration) with accompanist Mark Williams. God Bless the Child, Here’s That Rainy Day, seemingly effortless, accomplished artistry the secret. All of Me swung with Mark Williams in Joe Pass mode juggling bass line, chords and inventive soloing. He did the same thing on What Is This Thing Called Love? (the newly weds weren’t listening). A gig beckoned elsewhere as Lambert warned of Stormy Weather; the forecast inaccurate, the singing just fine.    
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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