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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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Globe Spins Again

(Press release)
One of most unusual bars in central Newcastle has reopened with a new tenant, a fresh look and longer opening hours. With bright music-styled décor, an excellent sound system, a wide selection of draught and bottled beers, fine wines and rare spirits, The Globe in Railway Street looks set to become a cool and relaxing hang-out on the edge of the frantic city centre.
Once a typical Victorian corner pub, The Globe hit the headlines in 2014 when it was bought by a co-operative, Jazz.Coop, following a successful community share issue. It was the first late bar and music venue in the UK to be owned freehold by a co-operative. For the first 18 months, former tenants of the Globe ran a nightclub on the ground floor while the co-op put on jazz on the first floor.
The former tenants left at the start of this year. Under the new arrangements Jazz.Coop and the new tenant plan to work closely together to make The Globe the best small live music venue in Newcastle. The new tenant is the appropriately named Rhythm ‘n’ Booze Ltd. The director is Lee Baby Sims a popular DJ, creative designer and entrepreneur.
The bar manager is Karl Parkin who has run the Fox & Hounds in Wylam and the Wheatsheaf in Felling. Lee said: “The Globe is unlike any other city centre bar. It’s totally independent. The music, the décor, the vibe – that’s all our creativity. We’re happy to be different. Where else in Newcastle could your relax in a comfy space with a superb pint and listen to MJQ or some groovy 60’s Italian soundtrack music?”
Rhythm ‘n’ Booze opened quietly in mid-February and is holding a public launch party in conjunction with Jazz.Coop on Saturday 2 April. Doors open at 7pm and there will be music and dancing until 3am. There will be live music on both floors – The Palominos in the main bar playing 40’s swing, 50’s RnR and 60’s beat, and in the Jazz Bar the debut gig of inventive Italian pianist Francesco Falcioni’s new jazz quartet. Admission is free.
The Globe will be open from 5pm till late, seven days a week. There will be live music most nights of the week, including jazz, folk and indie, as well as DJ and club nights. Dave Parker, co-chair of Jazz.Coop, said: “We are delighted to have Rhythm ‘n’ Booze as tenants. We want to work with them to attract people who appreciate music, creativity and good drink to The Globe. I love what they have done already to the look and feel of the place. It helps that Lee likes jazz.”  

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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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