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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, October 07, 2016

14 days and counting…book the baby sitter now!

The nights are drawing in, Christmas is coming, it's Vasilis Xenopoulos time! October means one thing…Vasilis Xenopoulos will soon be back in town. Book the baby sitter now! On Friday 21 October at the Traveller’s Rest in Cockerton, Darlington, the tenor saxophonist extraordinaire will once again attract a capacity audience. The doors open   at eight o’clock. Arrive by 7:30pm to join the queue, leave it any later and you can kiss goodbye to a seat! Vasi will be working with pianist Paul Edis, bassist Andy Champion and Russ Morgan (drums). If you live within a fifty-mile radius of DL3 9ER be there!

Xenopoulos and Edis cross the border – Northumberland/Cumbria – to play a couple of engagements before reuniting with Champion and Morgan at the Black Bull in Blaydon on Sunday 23. The first set starts at 8:00pm. Best seats are at a premium at Blaydon Jazz Club, therefore, the best advice is to arrive early. Seven o’clock should do it. Last year’s gig with Vasi and the boys saw the lounge bulging at the seams.
Who’s your favourite pianist? Double bass player? Drummer? Ah, yes. Americans, long since departed to the Big Jazz Club in the Sky. Jazz ain’t what it used to be, you say. Switch off telly, put on coat, head to Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Prepare to eat your pork pie hat! Paul Edis, piano, Andy Champion, double bass and drummer Russ Morgan will make you think you’re on 52nd street. Vasilis Xenopoulos is the real deal. Don’t forget your pork pie hat.  

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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