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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.

Monday, March 07, 2016

CD Review - Jazz @ The Spotted Dog, Birmingham


(Review by Lance)
The Spotted Dog in Digbeth, Birmingham, hosts weekly jazz sessions and this CD showcases the various bands who play there. I'm not sure if the CD is generally available or just a promo re gigs at the pub (every Tuesday). However, I'm sure it will be on sale at the pub and no doubt also available via the website.
The bands represented are the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra; Hanu-Tori; Mark Pringle's Moveable Feast; Toby Boalch Sextet; Mike Fletcher Trio; Outward Quartet; Jonathan Silk Big Band; FRIDA; Young Pilgrims; Autumn.
A diversity of styles indicating the vibrant scene that's happening in just one pub in our, so I'm told, "Second City".
If you're in Birmingham, drop by, on a Tuesday, for a Guinness and some jazz.
Thank you, Jonathan Silk (pictured), for this. If ever I'm down that way I'll certainly look in - providing there's more than Guinness on offer!
This got me around to thinking that there's a whole lot of bands that have made CDs in our "First City" [Newcastle] and wouldn't it be good if someone were to put together a compilation of what our north-east bands are up to?
And, whilst sales generated between, say, 12 bands, wouldn't amount to a hill of beans each, it would, however, make for a decent charitable donation to whatever...
Just a thought...
Lance.

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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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