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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, September 15, 2016

Eyemouth harbours jazz ambitions











The Eyemouth Hippodrome in Berwickshire launches a new programme of jazz concerts when the venue welcomes the New Focus Duo on Sunday, September 18.
Consisting of Scottish National Jazz Orchestra saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist-composer-arranger Euan Stevenson, New Focus Duo is the scaled down edition of a group that can comprise jazz quartet, string quartet, concert harp and flute and features on two albums, the most recent being New Focus on Song, which was released on Whirlwind Recordings in August.

The September 18 concert is the precursor for visits to the coastal town, which lies just nine miles north of Berwick-upon-Tweed, by violinist Jyotsna Srikanth’s Indo-jazz fusion group, Bangalore Dreams on November 19 and Paris-based Californian pianist Louis Durra’s trio on November 27.
“We’ve wanted to expand the range of music we promote for some time,” says the venue’s programmer Paula Tod. “There’s been a strong folk and traditional music presence but to hear high quality jazz regularly people around here would normally have to travel down to Newcastle or up to Edinburgh. We promoted a concert by the Italian guitarist Simone Gubbiotti’s trio in May and the audience response was positive, so we’ll be interested to see how the New Focus concert goes. We’re really looking forward to having them here.”
A further series of monthly concerts is planned from February to June, including saxophonist Brian Molley’s quartet, Edinburgh collective Playtime and young Glasgow quartet Square One, and Paula Tod is hoping this will help to establish jazz as a regular feature of the Hippodrome programme in the long term.

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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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