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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, May 07, 2017

Keep an eye out for the Miriam Ast Quintet

Miriam Ast (vocal); James Copus (trumpet); Will Barry (piano); Will Harris (bass); Will Edwards (drums).
Danny Boy, although a longtime fixture in the Great Irish Song Book, is rarely a part of the jazz repertoire and, although I do recall a Ben Webster recording from some years back, it came as somewhat of a surprize to hear it sung in a jazz setting.
London based German vocalist Ast however, after a fairly straight interpretation, takes it on a rollicking ride ‘cross the Mountains of Mourne scatting and improvising like a horn player. Talking of horn players there's some nice trumpet from James Copus.
The other two tracks Miriam sent me are both originals of hers and showcase, not only her compositional capability but also the extent of her vocal range.
There is, I think, a suggestion of contemporary folk in there too.
Apart from Copus’ sympathetic trumpet accompaniment and short solos, Barry provides sound piano backing along with Harris and Edwards.
There is an album in the offing…
Watch this space.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Pianist Will Barry was on Matt Roberts' storming gig at the Darlingto Jazz Festival - a top player!

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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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