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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.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

GIJF: Malija @ Sage Gateshead April 17

Mark Lockheart (tenor & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet), Liam Noble (piano) & Jasper Høiby (double bass)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew)
Another gig, another overlapping performance scenario. Out of one hall, into another. Malija is/are a quality act. Acoustic chamber jazz, Malija improvise on original tunes with myriad influences reaching back to early Ellingtonia. The Northern Rock crowd listened intently, the quality of musicianship of the highest standard.
The trio played tunes from the recently released album The Day I Had Everything and their quiet, elegant improvisations illustrated the point that jazz doesn’t have to be the over-amplified endurance test often encountered at a gig (as thrilling as that can be). A feature of the music is Jasper Høiby’s sound. The bassist’s accomplished technique is impressive in itself but it is his sound that marks him out - resonant, woody, heard best here at Sage Gateshead in the excellent acoustics of the Northern Rock Foundation Hall.
Almost a Tango and the title track from the album were two highlights in an enjoyable, well-received festival set. Mark Lockheart works across the spectrum, Malija being the polar opposite of some of his full-on projects and pianist Liam Noble, involved earlier with Phil Meadows’ large-scale work in Sage One, engaged fully in the improvisations.          
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.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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