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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 Friday July 21

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day 0ne of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Ruth Lambert Quartet - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Alice Grace Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Belinda Voshtina & James Harrison - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Tipping Point & Long Lonesome Go @ Bridge Hotel Newcastle - Nov. 8

James Mainwaring (tenor sax); Matthew Bourne (keyboards); Mick Bardon (bass); Joost Hendrickx (drums).
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Paul Taylor (keyboards); Jason Etherington (electric bass); Christian Alderson (drums)
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
I’d previously seen Tipping Point at this very same venue earlier this year (reviewed here). I was impressed but not overwhelmed. How things have changed in the last 8 months, for, on Sunday night, they were little short of outstanding. All the individuals played marvellously in their own right but without resorting to set piece solos in the traditional manner. At times it was hard to decide which one of the quartet to focus on such was the skill and finesse on offer from all 4 members. 
Hendickx, cool and calculating on percussion, Bardon, fascinating on bass and Bourne, at times sounding almost ecclesiastical. All led by Skipper Mainwaring who really blew up a storm on tenor and electronics. This band though is certainly more Jazz SAS than ‘Dad’s Army’ and the old cliché about “the whole being greater than the sum of the parts is really worth trotting out again with the caveat that the individual parts were still magnificent. 
The Long Lonesome Go provided the support with their own brand of ‘quantum jazz’- by that I mean they appear to be playing in a parallel universe. The band produced a symphonic electronic soundscape hard to pigeon hole but always quirky and interesting. Their interaction with the audience is so minimal that bass player Etherington had his back to the audience for the entire set and even managed to shuffle off stage at the end without ever facing the paying public. Maybe that is part of the experience they are trying to project, but, call me old fashioned if you must, when I go and see live music it is nice to have some form of communication with those performing. I enjoyed what was produced but next time they play I might well be the Long Lonesome No Go. 
Steve H.   

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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.)
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