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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.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil. May 27

Dean Stockdale (piano), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell/photo from archive)
There was a full house today at the Lit and Phil for a return engagement of one of the region’s finest pianists. Dean Stockdale played a one-hour trio set in the company of Mick Shoulder and Adam Sinclair. A programme of standards and no fewer than four compositions written by Stockdale deservedly won rapturous applause.
Nostalgia in Times Square, Alice in Wonderland and Out of Nowhere – three all time great tunes heard Stockdale stretch out in classic jazz piano small group style. Four originals that more than stood comparison with the familiar numbers; New York by Night swung, locked-hands and all, Sands of Time, a ballad written last week, replete with a fleeting quote of…of…its gone, a big Texas sky number titled Rail Town swung like Oscar Peterson, as did Pike Place, named after a Seattle fish market, with the pianist’s suggestion: Two bars in…being taken up by the incomparable bass and drums pairing of Shoulder and Sinclair with the nonchalance of a regular working unit. Few present would have guessed this lunchtime concert was a first outing for the trio.
Dean Stockdale can be heard next week working with trombonist Eddie Bellis’ Lickety Split at the Empty Shop in Durham (June 2) and again in Newcastle at the Jazz Café in the company of master trumpet and flugelhorn player Noel Dennis on August 12. Both gigs come highly recommended. The Dean Stockdale Trio can be heard at Darlington’s Quakerhouse pub on Sunday 26 June at six o’clock. Needless to say, it’s recommended. 
The next Lit & Phil lunchtime jazz concert features the wonderful guitar duo of James Birkett and Bradley Johnston at one o’clock, Friday 24 June.
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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