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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two.

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith presents­ An Evening with Kurt Elling: SYNTOPICON

Perth, Concert Hall 21st February 2014 at 7.30pm
 Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ  01738 621031  Online Box Office
Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall 22nd February 2014  at 7.30 pm   
89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG  0131 668 2019  Online Box Office       
Glasgow, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 23rd February 2014  at 7.30pm
100 Renfrew Street Glasgow G2 3DB  0141 332 5057  Online Box Office       
2014 begins in bold style for The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) with yet another adventurous collaboration – this time with the world’s foremost jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling  Together they present Syntopicon, a concert exploring life’s philosophies through music.
Kurt Elling is an international star, whose rich baritone voice spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth.  Using his extraordinary skills in vocalese, scat and the spoken word, Kurt warmly communicates with his audience while self-penned lyrics are more than a companion to the melody.  They are words expressed as notes, and notes expressed as words…. and every word counts.
Syntopicon” - a portmanteau, a grab-bag of ideas, or group of topics - is music to embrace and deliver universal ideas through intelligent words, wonderful music and breathtaking song extoling in equal measures the vicissitudes of Love, Life, Joy, Beauty, Knowledge, Language and Courage.
Fresh arrangements specially commissioned by the SNJO will give free reign to Elling’s highly cultivated use of vocalese – the creation of new song based on improvised melody.  From Bernstein’s euphoric and youthful West Side Story to Paul Simon’s mid-west, mid life crisis, American Tune or taking a spin in John Scofield’s Jeep on 35, audiences will love the diversity of material. There’s a place too for the internationalism of Vince Mendoza’s Esperanto; a chance to Go on one of Wayne Shorter’s stellar excursions; and time to enjoy the quietness of still waters in a “boat song” very much closer to home.
The vision is as celebratory as it is revelatory. Some of the most admired works of Mingus, Monk, Ellington, Pastorius and Shorterare on offer having been arranged by some of the foremost jazz arrangers worldwide at present. Geoffrey Keezer, Michael Abene, Bob Mintzer. Tommy Smith and Jim McNeely have all contributed to this great evening of wonderful music, breath-taking song and shared experience – surely to be a jazz highlight of 2014!
 “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.”  The New York Times,
“Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission, he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz.”  Washington Post,
NB: All Concerts start at 7.30 pm. There is a free pre concert talk with Kurt and Tommy at 6.45pm.

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