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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, April 25, 2016

Noel Dennis Trio @ The Lit & Phil. April 22

Noel Dennis (trumpet & flugelhorn), Paul Edis (piano) & Andy Champion (double bass)
(Review by Russell, photo from a Jazz Café gig)
Another in the monthly Friday lunchtime jazz concerts at the Lit & Phil and another well-attended session. Noel Dennis has started to play more engagements following his return to the region following a stint working in Glasgow. The Glaswegians’ loss, our gain, it’s a treat to hear this most fluent of brass players in a small group setting.
Dennis recently resumed a working relationship with Paul Edis and Andy Champion and you would be hard pressed to hear a better trio. The Teesside-based trumpeter favours the Great American Songbook and its interpreters. Stella by Starlight opened the programme, Rodgers and Hart featured (My Funny Valentine) as did trumpeter and composer and firm favourite of Dennis’ Tom Harrell (Little Dancer and Sail Away). Trumpet and flugelhorn, Dennis’ endless flow of ideas never fails to impress. Intelligible, fully formed statements sets the Teessider apart from the rest. How he does it is beyond mere mortals (the Friday Lit & Phil audience) but his band mates Edis and Champion had little difficulty staying with him.
Wayne Shorter’s Fee Fi Fo Fum (solos all) and Bird’s Au Privave impressed, the latter at the to-be-expected high tempo. Noel Dennis took time out to plug Don Cheadle’s film of Miles Davis – Miles Ahead – saying he was keen to get to the cinema to see it. A good set at the Lit & Phil from a fine trumpeter, now let’s go to the cinema to hear Miles – another half decent horn player. 
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.
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