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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.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

CD Revview: Vula Viel: Good is Good

Bex Burch – Gyil; Dan Nicholls – Bass synth/keyboards; Dave De Rose – Drums; George Crowley – Sax; Simon Roth – Drums; Stephen Burke – Vibes; Jim Hart – Vibes (Bewa).
(Review by Steve H.) 
Vula Viel means Good is Good in Dagaare this is the language of the Upper West Ghana Tribe where Bex Burch lived and studied for 3 years.  Starting off as an apprentice to the master Gyilist Thomas Segkura and graduating to become a teacher herself after the sad passing of her mentor in 2010.  
The music is based around the Gyil a xylophone type instrument made from sacred iliga wood. The Gyil is used primarily in funerals but the ambiance is anything but melancholy. This album fuses joyously the traditional Dagaare music with contemporary jazz. Bex has joined up with some of the cream of London jazz scene to produce this very fine crossover album  All the tracks have a light uplifting feel to them most  make you want to  just get up and dance. However there is enough going on to keep the listener interested at all times with blend of traditional and modern instruments.  It would be easy to sum up this album by its title Good is Good but I would like to go a stage further and say Good is Good is in fact very good indeed.
Available now on Vula Viel Records WMD1.
Steve

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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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