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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.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

CD Review:Barb Jungr - Every Grain Of Sand 15th anniversary edition

(Review by Debra M)
Barb Jungr’s album of Bob Dylan songs is being reissued as a 15th-anniversary special edition, following its original widely acclaimed 2002 release.  Apparently coincidental with Dylan’s recent award of Nobel prize for Literature, her selection of songs, spanning 5 decades,  is a timely reminder of his sustained productivity.  
Dylan’s distinctive style of delivery is not universally admired, but his songs are vocally invigorated by Jungr’s  combination of  impeccable singing and the range of her emotional delivery,  backed by a highly sympathetic,  piano-led ensemble.   

The album opens with ‘I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight’ and ‘If Not For You’, but really kicks off in the third track with ‘Things Have Changed’, reimagined as a dramatic tango. Another highlight is ‘Not Dark Yet’, where the restrained accompaniment of accordion and cello underlines Jungr’s  sombre and melancholic vocal. Dylan has rarely sung anything without sounding cynical; in the original version of ‘Forever Young’, apparently simple tidings of encouragement are delivered with anger, as if he’s singing about his own loss of innocence.  But Jungr transforms it into a joyful hymn dedicated to the optimism of youth, with an up-beat Latin arrangement featuring percussion, accordion, and exuberant vocal improvisation.  The only reference to blowing winds in this Dylan tribute is subtle, in the final and title track ‘Every Grain of Sand’, which starts and ends with a distant storm.  The stripped back arrangement of accordion, strings and harmonica, with the lyric to the fore, gives a traditional folk feel.  Although this is one of his later songs (1981), it’s a reminder of Dylan’s early days in New York, and of the influence of US and British folks musicians, as well as of the expressive quality of his writing.  

Debra M
Barb Jungr – vocal, vocal arrangements & harmonica; Simon Wallace – piano; Russell Churney – piano; Julie Walkington – double bass; Sonya Fairburn – violin; Sonia Oakes Stuart – cello; Kim Burton – accordion; Gary Hammond – percussion; Mark Lockheart – soprano & tenor saxophone.

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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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