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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, September 21, 2015

The Early Bird Band @ St. Cuthbert’s Parish Hall, Crook –September 18.

Matthew McKellar, drums, Dan Lawrence, bass, Francis Tulip, guitar (led by Paul Edis, clarinet / piano).
(Review/photo by Jerry)
Last time this group was here I missed them, owing to a bump in the car. Determined to “get the worm”, I came early this time and was rewarded with a nicely varied five tune “mini-set” including Blue Bossa, Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are and Anthropology.
I could only guess at the ages of the musicians: Paul Edis admitted that they made him (and the other Sextet members watching appreciatively from the sidelines) “feel old”. In which case, for me, substitute “ancient” for “old”! But age is irrelevant if you have real talent – and these lads have!
I’m not sure of the degree of difficulty attached to the use of various drumming implements (Adam Sinclair later gave a master-class using the whole range) but Matthew McKellar used brushes subtly and to good effect on all five numbers and more than held his own trading fours. Dan Lawrence, steady and fluent on bass guitar, joined him in laying the foundations on which guitar and clarinet elaborated. Francis Tulip, on guitar, solo-ed with great dexterity and remarkable confidence with some bluesy overtones thrown in for good measure. Well done to all!
The pleasure of performing was evident on the faces of the young musicians (and their mentor) in all five numbers. The audience loved it too!
Jerry

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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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