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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, April 10, 2017

CD Review: Brian Molley Quartet - Colour and Movement

Brian Molley (tenor/soprano/flute/clarinets); Tom Gibbs (piano); Mario Caribé (double bass/guitar); Stu Brown (drums/perc.)
(Review/preview etc. by Lance)
I'm going to kill three birds with one stone here although, kill is far from my intention. Quite the opposite in fact!
A superb CD.
A gig close to home.
A gig not too far away.
Plus, There's also a gig a long way away.

So, starting at the very beginning, which Rodgers and Hammerstein would have us believe is a very good place to start (providing there's some 'Doh Re Mi' on the table) the Glaswegian Quartet have produced a brilliant new album - Colour & Movement. This, perhaps, takes Brubeck's Time Further Out concept even further out, but not so far out that it threatens to burn the pet shop inhabitants.
It's accessible, comprising 12 pieces, played in 12 different keys and in 12 different time signatures!
Nine of the tunes are originals, the other three being the Bricusse/Anthony Newley opus, Cheer Up Charlie; That Old Black Magic (Arlen/Mercer) and Duke's Solitude.
An absolute gem by four of Scotland's finest.
The quartet played the Globe back in June 2015. The audience wasn't large, but Mrs Brown's Boys were on at the nearby Arena and Kid Creole and the Coconuts were up the road at the Bowling club whilst the ubiquitous Paul Edis and Matt Anderson were at the Jazz Caff. Tough calls!. However, those that opted for the Brian Molley Quartet weren't disappointed and the Jazz Coop jumped at the chance of having them back which is happening on April 22. Don't miss out this time around otherwise you'll have to head north to the Hippodrome in Eyemouth over the border in Sturgeonland on April 29. Then, if you miss that one, you've got a bit more travelling to do - The Madras Jazz Festival in Chennai on June 3.
So what do you think? Newcastle, Scotland or India? Maybe a discount ticket for all three (Air India, National Express, Virgin Train or 22 bus fares not included).
Lance.
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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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