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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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A full house at the Quakerhouse

(Review by Eales/Russell)
Alto saxophonist Ray Dales played to a full house at Darlington Jazz Club on Sunday evening. The upstairs room at the Camra award-winning Quakerhouse pub was full to capacity with the ante room as busy as the main performance space.
Bebop Spoken Here’s man covering the Darlington beat, Tony Eales, reports that Dales was on form from the off playing a set of standards in the company of  James Harrison, Anth Ord and Tom Chapman. For a while the early evening gig (it’s a six o’clock start) looked as though it could well be a Ray Dales’ solo saxophone performance as Harrison and the boys were nowhere to be seen! The Teesside-based pianist couldn’t find the pub and only just turned up in the nick of time. 

The trio is a regular working unit (Anth Ord, bass and Tom Chapman, drums) and, once set up, gave sterling support to the main man. Fans of Ray Dales can hear the man every Sunday lunchtime at the Park Inn, Hartlepool, sitting in the Musicians Unlimited reeds’ section, the roaring big band led by Mick Donnelly.
Tomorrow night though (Wednesday, October 12), the man in the pork pie hat can be heard at the Cherry Tree (9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond) this time with the Jeremy McMurray Trio. It has to be said that the man, deservedly, moves in the right company.
And the food at the Cherry Tree is great (Editor’s observation)
Next month (Sunday, November 13) should see another capacity audience in Mechanics’ Yard with the return of the brilliant young drummer Abbie Finn. An alumnus of Durham County Youth Big Band, now studying at Leeds College of Music, Finn is going to make it in the jazz world, no two ways about it, so get along to hear a fine talent working with her equally talented bandmates Joe Whettam, guitar, and Alistair Rhodes, bass.
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.
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