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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.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Safe Sextet - January 21

Don Forbes (trumpet); John Rowland (ten sax); Paul Gowland (alto sax); Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Paul Wight (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex)
The band gave another of their stellar performances to a small but appreciative audience.  Enough said? No, Blogmaster Lance and the reputation of BSH demands much more of a review. Here goes.
Even the warm up cum sound check was fun, at least for the listener.  Much discussion about how many times to play the head for The Bridge, then a quick play through of an eastern-sounding tune, which I don’t think was played during the set, but I could be mistaken about that.
Don explained that they would play lots of Stan Tracy, including tunes from Under Milk Wood , and also numbers originally done by EmCee 5. The Bridge was written about the pub near the High Level Bridge, a good solid four square tune with useful silences and tenor, trumpet and piano solos; Downbeat After Dark reminded Don of when he was 17 and returning from nights out and the tune suitably moves down the scale to end quietly with the alto sax, clever stuff. The One That Got Away may refer to a drummer who escaped from a band and was a fast furious piece of many notes and an Ian Carr solo taken straight from the CD.  Penpals from Under Milk Wood was trumpet led, flowingly romantic, and I Lost My Specs In Nantucket weaved about neatly with a distinctly Monkish feel. Dobson’s Choice was another four square tune to round off the first set.
The second set opened with No Good Boyo and Under Milk Wood, the latter, a favourite of mine, slow, meditative, atmospheric, drums using brushes and light cymbals, horns in harmony, piano at the end.  Then a Scottish influenced Emcee5 number, Bell Blues (bluebells, get it?) military drumming, Scottish riffs on the horns, gradually showing more jazzy influences, low Scottish chords on the piano. There followed Stephenson’s Rocket with a Latin influence; John O’ Groats, the final tune in which no holds were barred, and an encore, on demand, a tricksy tune whose name I didn’t catch, too busy dressing for the metro journey.
Too many good solos to single anyone out and the set was well outlined by Don.  If you weren’t there you missed a treat.
Ann Alex

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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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