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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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

CD Review: Trish Clowes – My Iris

Trish Clowes (tenor saxophone), Chris Montague (guitar), Ross Stanley (piano & Hammond organ) & James Maddren (drums)
(Review by Russell).
My Iris comprises eight tracks, of which all but one are written by Trish Clowes. A first recording for this stellar group of musicians it is the tenor saxophonist’s fourth album on Basho Records. Iris, the messenger of Greek and Roman gods, Clowes, delivering her musical message; fluent tenor, three compatriots – Chris Montague, Ross Stanley and James Maddren – receiving and responding to it in masterful fashion.

A Cat Called Behemoth crackles with energy, in marked contrast Muted Lines is certainly muted as Clowes intones the words of Nahapet Kuckak. Tap Dance (for Baby Dodds) promises much and it doesn’t disappoint with drummer James Maddren’s evocative rim-shot rhythms framing Gateshead born Chris Montague’s off-kilter swing-time guitar playing. Clowes applies an old school sensibility to much of what she does, illustrated on the penultimate track – In Between the Moss and Ivy – as it is on the closing number Be a Glow Worm. Ross Stanley doesn’t do substandard and My Iris can be racked-up as another job more than well done.
Russell.

My Iris by Trish Clowes is available now on Basho Records (SRCD 53-2). Trish Clowes plays at Cambridge Modern Jazz Club on Thursday January 26 and at Birmingham MAC on Friday January 27.                               

1 comment :

  1. Trish Clowes My Iris Quartet also play Hall Two at Sage Gateshead as part of a double bill with Stan Sulzman/Nikki Iles duo. 2pm on Sunday 2nd April as part of the GIJF (http://sagegateshead.com/event/gijf-17-double-bill-sulzmann-iles-duo-trish-clowes-my-iris-quartet/)

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