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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.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Vyamnikal @ The Egdirb (Bridge) March 12

Kit Downes (Harmonium); Tom Challenger (Tenor Saxophone)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew) 
The evening began with Kit Downes introducing The ’Vyamnikal’ project. To summarise, the project ran from October 2014; it involved Kit and Tom travelling to local Suffolk churches and improvising with the acoustics of the building and the assorted organs in whatever state of repair they happened to be in. After a year, the duo had accumulated 40 hours of recordings and this has been edited down to 1 hour to produce a new CD. To keep things real, the pair decide to play The Bridge venue ‘back to front’ so that the instrumentalists were in front of the bar at the back of the room meaning the audience were facing the rear of the room with the stage behind them now being used for additional seating. Although disorientating at first, I actually think this about turn added to the atmosphere of the proceedings.

The combination of the harmonium and saxophone created a spooky effect which I can imagine if played in an empty church could become quite creepy. The music is dark and ambient with the occasional light melodious flourish by Challenger on saxophone. Downes also played a homemade instrument which seemed to comprise of the just the neck of a cello.  At some point during the performance, I think most of the audience had definitely slipped into ‘the zone’ to a greater or lesser extent. At the completion of their very well received set, the charming pair engaged in a very enthusiastic Q&A. Maybe as a show of their appreciation for the keen audience interest, or maybe as a way to shut people up, the duo performed one more piece as an encore to complete a fascinating evening.

Steve H

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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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