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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.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Francesco Falcioni @ the Launch of the Refurbished Globe and Jazz Coop Jazz Bar.

Francesco Falcioni (pno); Dave Parker (bs); Rob Bates (dms); Ray Johnson (tpt/flug).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy Kaveh Emami).
Turn of the year saw new tenants take over the running of the downstairs bar and with it a choice selection of real ales. Upstairs, the ale situation is improving...
Incidentally, next time you're at a jazz gig in the Globe, get there early and take in our man Ken Drew's great photos of some of the previous gigs here.
Tonight, however, the emphasis was rather more on the ground floor grooves rather than the disciples in the upper room.
Nevertheless, the room had the ambience required with no empty tables and, bang on time, the musicians were up and running. This was their first public gig, indeed, the Italian pianist confessed that this was the first gig he'd ever done with a non-Italian group.
It didn't matter, having heard Falcioni sitting in at jams I knew he could cut it and the others were no mere passengers.
Being their first gig, it was inevitable that there were moments of uncertainty but, so what? Bands who have been playing for years also have moments of uncertainty!
The set list was varied: Recorda Me (Joe Henderson); Beautiful Love (Johnson on flugel); Blue on Green (Johnson tightly muted); Ma Cerise - a tune composed by Falcioni and dedicated to someone special who was also in the room. Why didn't everyone go Aaah? Another original, Blue Marine, then a couple of Herbert's [Hancock] - Dolphin Dance and The Maze.
It was a good set: Johnson full-toned, Parker animated, Bates, becoming a contender and Francioni no longer just a guy who drops in at jam sessions.
Interval time and, downstairs, The Palominos were taking Buddy Holly's That'll Be The Day for a gallop which was when I decided that I'd reluctantly forego FF's second set.
I was in the minority - wall to wall bodies prevented even a sniff of the bar! So it was the number 12 and, this time, it did stop.
Francesco Falcioni Quartet: A work in [positive] progress.
Photos
Lance.
PS: Great to meet up again with photographer and friend Kaveh Emami - a regular at  the Jazz Café in the Crombie years.

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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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