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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.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Jazz Latin Groove @ The Globe: January 28














Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Summers (sax); Alan Law (piano); Katy Trigger (bass); Nik Alevroyiannis (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
It felt as if we were in sunny climes, not in cold Newcastle, as the band seemed to transport us abroad by way of bossa nova, bolero, the tunes of Horace Silver, Jobim, Chic Corea and even Stevie Wonder.
It all began with One Note Samba, a clever set of lyrics about coming back to that one note and also to ‘you’, right through to such songs as Little Sunflower; Afro Blue; 500 Miles High; Sting’s Consider Me Gone; Senor Blues; Corcovado; Spooky; Temptation (Tom Waits) and a couple of songs in Spanish. And each song performed by Debra with sweet-voiced rhythm, and superb solos from each band member.
Alan claimed to have found new organ-like sounds on the piano, to go with his wonderfully adventurous playing: Steve played soprano, tenor and baritone sax (his newest instrument) with aplomb, as well as adding one or two shakey items to the percussion: Katie was as skilled as ever on bass, with a clever bass solo on Spooky: and Nick did the percussion proud with some enthusiastic hand drumming on Afro Blue (on congas) and also delightful sounds on triangle during Corcovado, as well as playing the regular kit.  
I was sorry to have to leave during what I supposed was the last number, to go outside into cold Newcastle, but, with a bit of the sun inside me from hearing the music, the temperature wasn’t too low.
Ann Alex

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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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