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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, October 05, 2015

Smoove & Turrell @ North East Calling Fanzone. October 4

John Turrell (vocals), Smoove (percussion & vocals), Mike Porter (keyboards & vocals), Lloyd Wright (guitar & vocals), Andy Champion (bass & vocals) & Lloyd Croft (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Saturday night, following the rugby match at St James’ Park, the Fanzone four thousand capacity marquee burst at the seams. The adjacent fun fair attracted six thousand people. Sunday night couldn’t have been more different. Several bands over seven hours played to a sparsely populated arena. Tens of thousands of rugby fans long gone, entertainment twenty four hours on failed to draw the crowds. Rides stood still as catering concessions closed up shop early. A distinct end of the pier feel shrouded the all but deserted site.
At half past nine in the evening the headline act sound checked to the echo. Bang on ten Smoove and Turrell hit the stage. Local lads, they, and their fans, were ready to party. A beer drinking band (hooray!), the self deprecating on stage patter helped dispel the sense of disappointment gigging to the few in such a huge space.
Smoove and Turrell is a band of friends. Mod-era camaraderie, the hoodie today’s Parker,   a good time vibe, Itchy Coo Park and all that. These boys can play; the Lloyds – guitarist Lloyd Wright, drummer Lloyd Croft, the daft as a brush antics of Mike Porter (keys), the killer riffs of bass man Andy Champion and the main men – Smoove and Turrell. The DJ and musician Smoove, front of stage, all smiles, John Turrell, the voice. A Northern Soul voice, Motown, Philly, crafted in Gateshead. The crowd danced non stop, arms in the air, banter flying to and fro, stage to audience.
Beer orders replenished the band and a truck load of tunes kept on a-comin’. Beggarman  raised the roof and Spencer Davis’ classic I’m a Man left no one in any doubt whatsoever – Smoove and Turrell know how to party!                            
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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