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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.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Regals @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - October 22.

Neil Hunter (vcl/keys); + gtr/bs gtr/dms.
(Observations by Lance)
Not a jazz gig by any means although who's to say the solos weren't jazz nor that the rocking soul voice of Hunter isn't blues? There are lines drawn in the sand between genres. Trouble is, sand is ever shifting.
For me, this was quite nostalgic reminding me of when I lived in a flat in Bell Street in Hebburn. Listening to Radio Caroline and the various other pirate radio stations. Of listening to the first Clay-Liston fight in the early hours.

The music epitomised that era e.g. Georgie Fame (Yeh Yeh); Albert King (Pretty Woman); Smokey Robinson (Talkin' 'Bout My Girl); Eric Burdon (Please Don't Let me be Misunderstood); Dan Penn (I'm Your Puppet); Bobby Bland (Further on up the Road); Ray Charles (Hallelujah I Just Love Her So); Wilson Pickett (In the Midnight Hour) and others.
Hunter, whose pedigree includes the legendary Eastside Torpedoes and the Smokin' Spitfires (December gig in the offing for the SS at The Globe) has a powerful voice and backed it up with his, at times, B3-like keyboarding. I didn't get the names of the other three but the guitarist was humbucking good and bass and drums did the business.
Like Liston, I didn't go the distance - Metro/bus uncertainty - but I enjoyed what I heard.
Look out for The Regals although, be warned, it seems as though every town on the planet has a band called 'The Regals'!
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. The band personnel was as follows:
    Neil Hunter: keyboard and vocals
    John Gretton: guitar
    Mick Hutchinson: bass
    Les Crosby: drums

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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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