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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.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Daniel John Martin with Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche @ Empty Shop, Durham - March 16

Daniel John Martin (violin, vocals & whistling), Mick Shoulder (guitar), Giles Strong (guitar) & Paul Susans (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
The third night of four in Daniel John Martin’s tour of the north east. Working with Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche on all dates, DJM visited Durham’s unique first-floor Empty Shop premises. An empty shop is nothing new in Austerity Britain, but this listed building on Framwellgate Bridge can rightly claim to be bucking the trend. An ‘alternative space’ with its speakeasy door entry system, dusty floorboards and mix and match tables and chairs, Empty Shop is home to a developing jazz scene with plans afoot to stage a festival during the summer at numerous venues across the city.
Paris-based Daniel John Martin cuts a bohemian figure. Born in Congleton, a childhood in Africa, DJM is without question a virtuoso musician. First linking up with Mick Shoulder a couple of years ago, DJM is surely delighted to make his now frequent return visits to the region knowing that Mick, rhythm guitar master Giles Strong, and bassist Paul Susans are more than up to the job. All seats occupied, Swing Manouche began with Django’s Hungaria. The seated Shoulder and Strong were frequently encouraged by Martin to extend solos - our guest appreciative of their abilities. Similarly, bassist Paul Susans (as good as anyone in the anchor role) received a nod, a smile from DJM.

Anniversary Song, Djangology (Monsieur Shoulder has, no doubt, enlightened Monsieur Martin of the standing of local heroes Djangology Djangologie) and a wonderful vocal rendition of Night and Day made this a performance one could listen to until the early hours…if only! Nevertheless, DJM and the boys played two sets up to a ten thirty finish. The second set included Dinette (a contrafact of Dinah), Lulo Reinhardt’s Lulo’s Swing and at the suggestion of your reviewer Lady Be Good. An ever so polite Martin enquired of Mick, Giles and Paul if they were okay with it. Little did DJM know that the lads knew the tune inside out! Tres bon! Merci monsieurs!        
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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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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