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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.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Jam Session @ Jazz Café. February 16

Mark Williams (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass) & Paul Wight (drums) + Bradley Johnston (guitar), Paul Gowland (alto), Duncan Walker (tenor), Michael Lamb (trumpet), George Anyfantis (piano) & Ian Forbes (drums)  
(Review by Russell)
It had the makings of a quiet night. The house trio opened with a few tunes, Mr Williams in for Mr Gilligan. There is no Greater Love the pick of the early numbers. Punters were thin on the ground. Things could only get better. That said, the jazz was top drawer.
Jam session regular Bradley Johnston, deserving of ‘associate’ membership of the house band, joined the trio to play Stella by Starlight. Great solo from BJ, sensitive brush work form Paul Wight. Falling Grace heard the two six-stringers complimenting one another. Mr Ian Forbes, one the great modern jazz drummers, arrived. Southpaw Wight offered to sit out and whilst Forbes turned the kit around Williams and Johnston played some jazz guitar. In a ‘don’t mind me’ quip Forbes said: Carry on duo-ing, I promise not to laugh.
The duo played All the Things You Are. Fabulous. They should play a duo gig at the Caff.
Mr Gowland, toting his alto, joined the party to play There Will Never Be Another You. A false start to Here’s That Rainy Day belied the wonderful second take. A seated BJ in Joe Pass mode made a bid for solo of the evening. In walked Strictly Smokin’ Michael Lamb. Beautiful Love was the call and it was Lamb who took it on. A good trumpet player on a jam session makes all the difference. BJ chipped in with another polished solo as George Anyfantis rattled a handful of the 88s. Former Durham University Big Band saxophonist Duncan Walker called in with his tenor to play All of Me and Autumn Leaves.
Audience numbers picked up. A party of first time visitors to Pink Lane knew they were listening to some seriously good stuff and, in time honoured fashion, the boys in the band left the best ‘til last. Horace Silver’s Nutville taken at a punishing pace – Messrs Grainger and Wight working like Trojans – encouraged Williams to tear it up, but that was nothing in comparison to the set closer. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy featured the usual round of solos with Mark Williams last to pick up the baton. Sco’s Piety Street groove sent the Irishman into overdrive. Audience and musicians alike could do no more than smile as the guitarist from the Emerald Isle went into orbit. Stunning. It was a good night at the Jazz Café after all.     
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.
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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