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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 Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny. June 5

Neil Hunter (vocals), Steve McGarvie (alto saxophone & vocals), Alan Thompson (tenor saxophone), Terry O’Hern (trombone), Bob Garrington (guitar), Mike Hepple (Hammond organ & vocals), Ian Rigby (bass & vocals) & Gary Cain (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The sun shone in a cloudless blue sky. The band could be found in the bar. None of this new breed bottled water business for them! A Smokin’ Spitfires’ Sunday lunchtime gig at the Cluny has parallels with an Eastside Torpedoes’ session at the University Theatre (now Northern Stage) with a dedicated following making it a regular date (first Sunday).
These days veteran front man vocalist Neil Hunter is wearing an epic Santa Claus beard otherwise it’s the same big soul voice; Junior Parker, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave. An explosive start, horns firing, Mike Hepple’s smokin’ Hammond, the rhythm section bang on the money. The Barefootin’ crowd danced the afternoon away. How Sweet it is to be Loved by You, the band so good, ‘tight’ is the word. Sing along, dance along, a drinker’s gig. 634-5789, Hold On, I’m Comin’ . The gig works because it’s an ace band. The horns, the Hammond, Bob Garrington’s Telecaster, drummer Gary Cain the driving force.
The Smokin’ Spitfires’ monthly gig at the Cluny is a fund raiser for the Bubble Foundation. Get along, support a good cause and have a guaranteed great time.  
Russell.

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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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