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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 Friday July 21

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day 0ne of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Ruth Lambert Quartet - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Alice Grace Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Belinda Voshtina & James Harrison - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mark Pringle's Moveable Feast Trio @ The Jazz Café - Sept. 11


Mark Pringle (pno); James Banner (bs); Euan Palmer (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Jazzmen, like policemen, seem to be getting younger every day. Last night was no exception. The fluorescent yellow jacketed law enforcement officers patrolling the mean streets of Graingertown looked barely older than the wunderkind trio occupying centre stage in the upper room of the Jazz Café. However, if the coppers outside were as capable as the boppers inside then street crime would be a thing of the past.
Not that the the trio were bebop merchants, although their penultimate number, Monk's Let's Cool One, did indicate familiarity with the idiom. Rather, they personified the new breed of college trained jazz people who seemingly produce original compositions by the dozen as well as being able to put their own slant on "The Repertoire".
Pringle composed most of the pieces, several of which were from his recent CD, recorded with a larger ensemble and reviewed here by Russell (CD Review). The inspiration behind these compositions included Debussy, Ravel and Ernest Hemingway. The latter number, The Writer, (I'd have called it Farewell to Brahms) was particularly impressive with some outstanding work on both brushes and sticks from Palmer, The Ravelian item, Maurice, had a Mississippi delta feel to it which, considering Ravel's jazz leanings, was totally appropriate. There were also opuses by Carla Bley, Ornette Coleman and Cole Porter as well as the aforementioned piece by Monk (super bass work by Banner) all given the distinctive Pringle treatment. Gentle, ethereal intros, gradual build ups, almost orgasmic climaxes culminating in either the abrupt finish or the soft descent back down to earth.
These three young men are in the ascendency.
A feast indeed!
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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