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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, October 14, 2016

Seven days and counting…

(Preview by Russell).
Until the return of Vasilis Xenopoulos! Master tenor saxophonist Xenopoulos will be at the Traveller’s Rest on West Auckland Road in Darlington a week today, Friday 21st. A whistle stop tour (Darlington, two dates in Cumbria, then Blaydon) reunites Xenopoulos with pianist Paul Edis. Friends since working together in London, Vasi makes an annual visit to the region never failing to wow audiences with his swinging tenor playing. A gig with Paul Edis, bassist Andy Champion and Russ Morgan, drums, is an occasion no one should miss.

So, you have not one, but two opportunities to hear Xenopoulos in action. First at Opus 4 Jazz Club at the Traveller’s Rest, then on Sunday 23rd at the Black Bull, Blaydon. They are pay on the door gigs but the best advice is to arrive early. Pitch the tent midweek and that should just about guarantee admission, although others ahead of you in the queue are sure to bag the seats. Darlington and Blaydon will be standing-room-only affairs with the clubs’ regulars operating a three line whip. Doors at Darlington will open at eight o’clock with the first set starting at 8:30. At Blaydon the first set gets under way at eight.
Tynesiders heading to Darlington by train should head to Tubwell Row to catch a bus out to Cockerton (Traveller’s Rest). Late trains to Newcastle run either side of midnight. The Black Bull gig is easily accessible from Newcastle. The 10A (6:40pm), and 12 (6:45pm) from Eldon Square Bus Station will get you there in good time to grab a seat and there is a reliable, convenient last bus at 10:55 arriving Clayton Street West at five past eleven. A Bebop Spoken Here Gold Star Award awaits those who make Darlington and Blaydon!       

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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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.)
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