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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 Friday July 21

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day 0ne of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Ruth Lambert Quartet - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Alice Grace Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Belinda Voshtina & James Harrison - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Hughie Aitchison Story Continued....

Hughie Aitchison (tpt); Ronnie McLean (tmb); Brian Clark (alt/clt); Roy Willis (gtr); Dave Swan (bs); Marshall Walker (dms).
(Review by Lance).
We move on to 1979 and the Saratoga Jazzmen. This was a band led by Peter Gascoigne of Vieux Carré Jazzmen fame - presumably our man was depping that night. However, before going into I've Found a New Baby. Hughie gives a short interview talking about his influences - Spanier, naturally, but also of the Ellingtonian influence in the form of Cootie and Ray Nance. Indeed, Hughie went on to become a walking encyclopedia of things Ellington.
Another interview follows, this time with Ronnie McLean (pictured). McLean had lost a tooth whilst eating a corned beef sandwich and, incredibly, received a lot of publicity in the local media. I was working alongside Hughie and Ronnie in a Newcastle music shop at the time and I'm sure the publicity did the music store some good - if not the sandwich shop!
Hughie Aitchison (tpt); Ronnie McLean (tmb); Trevor Johnson (clt); Brian Fisher (pno); Dougie Richardson (bs); Marshall Walker (dms).
Royal Garden Blues followed in the Spanier tradition and it grieves me to realise that all of these guys are now gone. Marshall Walker, often referred to as 'The Smiling MW' because he rarely did, was a drummer I worked with for many years. Behind his dour exterior, he had a rare sense of humour. Greatly missed.
Lance.
There will be more to follow.
In the meantime, those wishing to receive a free copy of this historical item contact Colin Aitchison, tynesidejazztrumpetplayer@gmail.com

2 comments :

  1. Listen to Fisher's piano comping behind the solos. He couldn't play a solo worth a light - no right hand technique at all - but he always found the right, interesting chords and put them in just the right places behind the soloist. Spare, rhythmic and musical - modern pianists take note.........

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  2. What we used to call "arranger's piano".

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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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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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