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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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jazz Café Jam Session - June 20













(Review by Lance).
The house trio got things rolling with It Could Happen to You; Blue Skies and Exactly Like You which, in places, was exactly like Take the A Train. Alan Law was on fire with Grainger and Morgan adding additional fuel - a promising start.
Grainger remained on board to be joined by Martin Waugh, a fine piano man down from Edinburgh, Keith Barrett, guitarist, more often seen at the Globe Jazz Bar and drummer Fairhurst, a regular at both venues.
Barrett opted for No Moon at All which was a wise choice as was Waugh's Nobody Else But me.
Joel Brown took over the piano stool his shorts and trainers reminding us it was summertime. Fortunately, he changed seasons and played Autumn Leaves. John Pope spelled PG on bass for All of Me followed by a somewhat indecisive take on Monk's I Mean You. When the pianist has his back to the rest of the band communication can be difficult.
No such problems with Like Someone in Love.

Up to now, the listeners had been somewhat thin on the ground but, perhaps the word had got around that Julija was in town and the room began to fill up.
With the house trio behind her she gave an emotive rendition of When Sunny Gets Blue then upped the tempo with There Will Never be Another You.
John Pope came back on bass and Matthew MacKellar moved in behind the kit.
An absolutely amazing Mood Indigo - amazing because it's never been one of my favourite numbers. Well, let me tell you, it is now!
The lady from Lithuania finished her set with You'd be so Nice to Come Home to. A sentiment that I'm sure was shared by many!
Martin Waugh came back for a funky Wes Montgomery number - Road Song. Let's hope he pops down the road more often.
Young Joel then went into Caravan with young Matthew and Pope John. I wanted to stay but I too had a caravan to catch which I achieved with about 30 seconds to spare.
Another night to remember.
Lance.
Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Martin Waugh (piano); Keith Barrett (guitar); Matt Fairhurst (drums); Joel Brown (piano); John Pope (bass); Julija Jacenaite (vocal); Matthew MacKellar (drums).

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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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