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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Jazz Café Jam Session - May 2.











(Review by Lance). 
Another killer! The calibre of players who turn up to jam at the Caff on  the first and third Tuesdays of the month just gets higher and higher. Some are regulars, some occasional visitors and some first timers. Some, even a throwback to the Sunday afternoon sessions of the Crombie Era!
In this latter category was Julija Jacenaite*, a lusty in your face, soulful scatwoman whom I remembered well from those heady afternoons. In the four or five years since I last heard this Lithuanian (or is it Roumanian?) lady the voice has matured and the stage presence with it.
Wave, an incredibly fast All of Me. A Night in Tunisia and Take the A Train left the audience breathless. If Crombie could have heard her now!
Not that Julija was the only nightingale singing in Pink Lane. Belinda Voshtina made a tantalisingly brief appearance to sing A Day in the Life of a Fool backed only by Alan Law and John Pope. We wanted more but she couldn't stay.

Other newcomers included impressive guitarist Ath Alex and fiery trumpet player Joe Davies whilst semi-regulars Johnson, Dixon, Brown and Fairhurst also kept the flag flying.
As ever, Berklee bound MacKellar knocked everyone out in fact, after his solo on Airegin I couldn't help but think that Berklee should be coming to him!
Needless to say the house trio of Law, Pope and White were up for it. Not surprisingly, given Alan's predilection for things Hispanic, including an extended Cuban opus in their opening set.
Cigars all round.
Can't wait for the next one.
Photos.
Lance.
Alan Law (piano); John Pope (bass); Sid White (drums) + Joel Brown (piano); Matthew MacKellar (drums); Ray Johnson (trumpet/flugel); Ath Alex (guitar); Matthew Fairhurst (drums); Belinda Voshtina (vocal); Julija Jacenaite (vocal); Tom Dixon (tenor); Joe Davies (trumpet).
* Keep an eye out for Julija's Brave Wee Ant at a venue near you - soon.

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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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