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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, October 03, 2015

Swing Manouche @ The Jazz Café. October 2

 Mick Shoulder (guitar), Giles Strong (guitar), Paul Edis (clarinet) & Neil Harland (double bass)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Mick Shoulder, cornerstone of Hot Club specialists par excellence Djangologie, recently added another string to his contrabasse with the formation of Swing Manouche. The Jazz Café witnessed an unexpected twist as Shoulder swapped four strings for six and joined a fellow Djangologist – Giles Strong (guitare rythmique) – as the seated guitar demons. On double bass was none other than Neil Harland and in a further, wholly unexpected, twist, pianist Paul Edis wielded the clarinet!
A week ago at the Tyneside Irish Centre, Django’s great nephew, Lulo Reinhardt, gave a concert of his own, keeping the flame alive. He would have been a welcome guest at the Jazz Café this evening – he could have sat in. Mind you, he would have had his work cut out keeping up with this lot. Coquette, Douce Ambiance, familiar material both, then the first of two or three Shoulder compositions (a musette), inspired by Giles Strong’s rather big, if not fearsome pet dog. What Lulo would have made of that one is anyone’s guess. He would have been right at home with two Lulo Reinhardt numbers. Not his own, rather those of his father, Lulo Senior. The second of the tunes went at such a lick Lulo Junior may have decided to sit it out! There is nothing better than Strong setting a tempo, then seeing who can maintain the punishing pace. For the record, Shoulder, Edis and Harland hung in there. Thrilling stuff!
Paul Edis (clarinet), was taken out of his comfort zone. No easy-peasey piano playing for Dr Edis tonight. This was swing time Hot Club de Pink Lane. Bassist Neil Harland didn’t baulk at Strong’s rythmique brilliance, Shoulder demonstrated real talent as a six stringer and Edis appeared to relish being at the mercy of the front row critics. Minor Swing went well, Swing Manouche did well. More gigs are in the book. Trés bon!   
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.
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