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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, May 09, 2016

Women Make Music @ the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - May 8

(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
Jazz North East presented a trio of duos in their latest Women Make Music series.
The evening began with the wail of a police siren as Diachronicx incorporated live samples into their new project The Great City. I must admit that Heller’s interaction with the Apple Mac whilst simultaneously putting over deep and meaningful lyrics was a bit of a distraction which was a shame because her singing coupled with Steve Glendinning’s guitar was excellent.
The last time I saw Beatrix Ward-Fernandez she was playing my favourite jazz instrument the Theremin. On Sunday night, she teamed up with Linda Kemp in Thermal Threshold. The two women sat on the floor with violins before them. Rather than using conventional bows the strings were strummed with an assortment of small chains and needles. With the addition of electronics and voice a hypnotic musical soundscape was created. It took a while to get into but by the end of the performance most of the audience, including myself, seemed to be quite enthralled.
The final duo of the evening saw Newcastle’s own rising saxophone star Faye MacCalman team up with veteran virtuoso percussionist Charlie Collins. The pair produced a fabulous improvised set. Collins entrancing the audience both visually and audibly with his wide assortment of instruments - the favourite of the night seemed to resemble a circular open aired birdcage. MacCalman played both clarinet and saxophone with great aplomb - the ranges of tones and sounds she is able to produce are awesome. The pair seemed to combine effortlessly to round off a thoroughly diverse interesting and entertaining evening.
Steve.
Diachronicx: Gabriele Heller (voice & samples), Steve Glendinning (guitar).
Thermal Threshhold: Beatrix Ward-Fernandez, Linda Kemp (violins, voice, electronics)
MacCalman/Collins: Faye MacCalman (saxophone, Clarinet),  Charlie Collins (drums)

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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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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.)
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