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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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CD Review: Troy Roberts - Tales & Tones

Troy Roberts (tenor/soprano); Silvano Monasterious (piano); Robert Hurst (bass); Jeff 'Tain' Watts (drums).
(Review by Lance).
New York-based, Australian saxman, Roberts is no stranger to these pages. His 2015 album, Secret Rhymes, was rated as one of my top albums of that year and, an acknowledgment from Jamie Toms, who knows a thing or two about good sax playing, rubber stamped it!
This disc is equally as good as the previous album with Roberts showing that he can cut it anywhere. Tenor or soprano, presto or lento, our boy is on the money. He composed most of the tunes, the exceptions being an original take [honestly!] on Bernie's Tune, John Sangster's Rivera Mountain and, the immortal, A Train. However, he did do the arrangements...
On piano, the improbably named,  Silvano Monasterious did the business with fine solos and comping. Venezuelan Silvano is a longtime sidekick of Roberts and the two gel. Indeed all four gel with drummer Watts reminding us that he's a name to conjure up with when the next Down Beat polls come up - they all are!
(By the way, Don't forget BSH when any of our UK polls come around - I can dream, can't I?)
Troy Roberts - a name to remember.
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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