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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.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Alan Glen's 80th Birthday @ The Globe - July 28

Alan Glen (pno); John Pope (bs); Paul Wight (dms).
(Review by Lance).
I think it was Joan Collins who, many years ago, said that 60 is the new 40. Conveniently, I think she was  60-year-old at the time. However, moving forward, last night at the Globe Alan Glen rearranged those numbers and now 80 is the new 40 - maybe even 20 or 30! Such is the man's timeless quality that age becomes irrelevant.
However, age was the reason why we were there, as if an excuse was needed! It was the pianist's 80th birthday bash (give or take a few days) and, as ever, he proved that he is still the undefeated champion with a knockout performance.
A tried and tested performance of gassers interspersed with a few originals that, somehow, he made it seem as though we were hearing them for the first time.
Stomping off with Solar followed by I Thought About You; I'll Close my Eyes; I  Should Care; Bye Bye Blackbird; Groovin' High; She Walks Into Mine (original) and Fast Forward (original) the first set flew past. Birthday boy was on the money and taking no prisoners. Nor were his compadres. John Pope and Paul Wight. Pope excelled throughout the set with his solo on Groovin' outstanding. Wight, as ever, driving, pushing, adding to the swing with creative 4's and a memorable solo on Fast Forward.
Time to recharge the glasses and look forward to the second set.
Autumn Leaves; Stella by Starlight; I Hear a Rhapsody; I Fall in Love Too Easily; But Not For Me; All Blues and a number dedicated to his former bass player, the late Ray Truscott.
Needless to say Happy Birthday was sung and, upon reflection, there could have been no better place to celebrate this great man's contribution to jazz than at the Globe. After all, it was at that other  Globe that another great man penned the words:
Age cannot wither her nor custom stale her infinite variety.
Substitute him/his for her and you have Alan Glen.
Lance.

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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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