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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.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

CD Review: Alison Lewis - Seven

(Review by Ann Alex)
‘Seven’ is 5 tracks which are, in the singer’s words,‘re-imagined’ standard songs, plus 2 of Ms Lewis’s own songs.
 I started listening with some qualms, just another singer I thought, but I was soon converted by hearing Ms Lewis’s clear voice, excellent diction, wide vocal range, accompanied by well competent musicians. This is a debut CD and our singer moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2009, having been involved in an a cappella group, community choirs, gospel choirs, cover bands, R & B, jazz ensembles, film and television.
Phew!
Lennon and McCartney’s Blackbird  is piano led, and we hear the sounds of the cajon and udu, which give the song a sliding eastern sound; Cheek To Cheek is unusually slow, romantic rather than dance-like, quite magical in fact; Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone is slow and meditative, flowing lyrics which you notice more when sung slowly; Lewis’s own Mr Right For Right Now is fun, a slinky sensuous love song about a good but temporary love affair with an effective steel guitar solo.  Then we have the other original Seesaw, a metaphor for a love affair, with the voice up and down like the seesaw; voice and bass only play on Midnight Sun and the final track is a slow version of My Funny Valentine, skilfully‘re-imagined’. It’s good to hear versions of these songs with a different perspective.
The CD was self-released on 16th June 2016, and is apparently available from all fine retailers.
See www.alisonlewismusic.com
Ann Alex.
Alison Lewis (vocals) plus musicians on various tracks: Mitchel Forman (piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 organ); Kevin Axt, Paul Eastburn (bass); Roy Brinker (drums, perc); Andrew Synowiec (lap steel/acoustic guitars); Eddie Reyes ( cajon, udu); Adam Shulman (piano); Ricky Carter (drums); Jude Gold (acoustic guitar); Anne King (muted trumpet).

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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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