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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.

Friday, May 13, 2016

RIP Joe Temperley

During the course of  last night's Ronnie Scott's Story concert, Alex Garnett broke the sad news that Joe Temperley had passed away the previous day (May 11). The band then played Chelsea Bridge in his memory. It was an appropriate choice as Joe Temperley was a baritone saxophonist very much in the Harry Carney mould.
My memories go way back to his tenor playing days in the 1950s when I'm sure he then signed himself Jo Temperley.
I have fond memories of hearing him in concert with the greatest, in my opinion, of the Lyttleton bands at a concert in a hall in London somewhere near Covent Garden. This was the band that took Lyttleton firmly away from the trad scene. The band with Tony Coe on alto, Jimmy Skidmore, tenor, and Joe Temperley on baritone. Even to this day, I can recall Temperley playing Prelude to a Kiss with that big sound and it wasn't so surprising that, many years later, he sat in Harry Carney's chair in the Ellington Band.
I followed his progress after he left for America and of course when he made appearances here in Newcastle with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
It was in June 2010 at Sage Gateshead that I arranged to meet him backstage after a concert by the LCJO.
Unfortunately, the band played a small group number that didn't include Joe and by the time the concert was finally over and I was able to access the backstage area Joe was nowhere to be seen.
One of the guys came over and said that he sends his apologies but he had to get back to his hotel in time to watch the World Cup on TV! 
Scotland's greatest ever jazz musician? Got to be high on the list!
Sadly missed - thank you Joe for the pleasure your music has given me.
Joe Temperley was 86 may he Rest in Peace.
Lance.
Obituary.

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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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