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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, November 07, 2016

CD Review: Jeff Collins - The Keys to Christmas

Jeff Collins (keys); Sam Levine (sax); Steve Patrick (flog/tpt); Jason Webb (B3) and others.
(Review by Lance).
The first and, hopefully not the last of the Xmas CDs - they make lovely place mats and drink coasters and, you can never get enough of them over the holiday period. The downside, of course, is you feel obliged to listen to them which could put a damper on any Christmas soiree.

This one is, mercifully, without any vocals and, in truth, quite easy listening. I say 'easy listening' without any malicious intent for that is what it is. Laid back, it's a jazzified mix of the familiar, the over-familiar and the rarely heard. In the latter category is The Man With the Bag - a catchy ditty that helped Kay Starr, who sadly, died this week, to buy her Christmas presents back in the early 1950s.
I suppose I'll maybe play it again on Christmas eve/day then file it away for next Christmas by which time another dozen will have come along. With all these extra place mats and coasters, I'll have to throw a bigger party next year...
Released on October 7 (shop early for Christmas) the album comprises the following tracks: Hark the Herald Angels Sing; Oh Come All Ye Faithful; Joy to the World; Baby It's Cold Outside; The Man With the Bag; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Linus and Lucy; Go Tell it on the Mountain; Mary Did You Know?; Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow; What Are You Doing New Year's Eve; Carol of the Bells; O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
Lance.

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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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