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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, June 12, 2017

CD Review: Tina Raymond - Left Right Left

Tina Raymond (drums); Art Lande (piano); Putter Smith (bass).
(Review by Lance.)
I'm not a political animal - politics is beyond my comprehension, it always has been. All I can go by is what I read in the paper which is usually dissed by what I read in another paper which is why I try to keep these pages totally apolitical. It's about music.
Having said that, this album might seem a strange choice.
Tina Raymond is rapidly becoming a first call musician on the Californian scene and, coming from a family with strong labor/union connections it's not surprising that she chooses to make a statement on 'The state of the Union'. 
"I was very disillusioned when a man with no qualifications defeated a woman who is probably one of the most qualified people to ever run for president."
The music mirrors her thoughts with a mix of protest and patriotic songs.
Pastures of Plenty (Woody Guthrie); Battle Hymn of the Republic; America; Union Maid (Guthrie); The Fiddle and the Drum (Joni Mitchell); Lift Every Voice and Sing (Art Lande); Xmas in Baghdad (Putter Smith); Saigon Bride (Joan Baez); White Flight (Putter Smith); If I Had a Hammer (Pete Seeger).
It's not a swinger, given the material we wouldn't expect it to be! It is, however, a probing, reflective exploratory look at America today. Maybe looking to the future, remembering the past and always making sure to look both left and right whether it be casting a vote or crossing a road or playing mammy daddy on the drums.
Politics aside, Tina is a name to reckon with. I'd like to think a mention in Down Beat's next drum poll could be worthy of speculation whilst Art Lande and Putter Smith are as good as it gets.
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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