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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

Jo Harrop & Paul Edis @ The Jazz Café – November 6

Jo Harrop (vocals) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Eagerly anticipated, a fourth engagement in three days in the region, Jo Harrop arrived at the Jazz Café in good time despite a late-running train. Pianist Paul Edis arrived on foot, walking to work, as it were. A lunchtime appearance at the Gala Theatre had drawn a full house, this Newcastle date promised to be the perfect conclusion to Harrop’s flying visit.
This Can’t Be Love, Love Me or Leave Me, East of the Sun, Harrop began in fine style. A Friday night crowd can be less than attentive but not on this occasion. Vocalist Jo Harrop held the audience in the palm of her hand from the first note, a sign that we were listening to something special. Paul Edis’ frequent Jazz Café appearances invariably elicit a similar response from patrons. A wonderful Autumn in New York, a snap-of-the-fingers take on a familiar number – Bye Bye Blackbird – featured a playful Edis at his best, and It’s Alright with Me made your reviewer’s notebook. All were excellent – it was one of those nights.
Billie Holiday numbers (a fabulous I’m a Fool to Want You), Anita O’Day referenced – it was one of those nights! Harrop sang I’ve Got the World on a String (starting here in the Jazz Café, tomorrow the world!). An interval chat with a Lincolnshire couple who have only recently moved to the north east (one of them a musician) indicated they were more than impressed. They’ll be back.
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Edis’ left hand pattern), Sophisticated Lady (she is) and a requested Summertime. The latter could/should be on the ‘oh, not again’ banned list of tunes. Well, anytime Ms Harrop chooses to sing it is absolutely fine. One word went in to the notebook…Wow!  Some Nina Simone and Billy Taylor’s I Wish I Knew…the Jazz Café’s regulars were being spoiled rotten, the new faces couldn’t believe the quality. You Must Believe in Spring concluded the set. This was another ***** star evening at the Jazz Café.  
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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