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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.

Monday, February 13, 2017

RIP Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau died on Sunday, February 12, aged 76. One of the most innovative of singers, boundaries meant nothing to him as proved by his unique achievement of winning Grammys in 3 different categories - Jazz, Pop and R & B.
I never managed to catch him live, however, I do have the 5 CD set: Al Jarreau - Original Album Series. The equivalent of 5 LPs - We Got By; Glow; All Fly Home; This Time and Breakin' Away. All classics that will be on my turntable tonight.
Did Al Jarreau ever play Newcastle. If he did then I have no excuses for not seeing a legend who, ironically, announced his retirement from touring only a few days ago.
Sadly missed.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. I know several people who saw him in Manchester in the early eighties, though most were more interested Dave Sanborn supporting.
    I was a bit of a Jazz snob at the time, haven turned my back on Jazz funk which was kind of his audience at that time.
    Also I'm not big on Jazz singers in general but he was a fantastic singer.
    In amongst your OAC set you should slip in the version of Little Sunflower off the Love Connection album.

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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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