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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.

Friday, April 07, 2017

GIJF Day 2: Garibaldi Plop and The ICP Orchestra @ Sage Gateshead - April 1

ICP Orchestra
Ab Baars, Toby Delius, Michael Moore (reeds); Thomas Heberer (trumpet); Wolter Wierbos (trombone); Mary Oliver (violin); Tristan Honsinger (cello); Guus Janssen (piano); Ernst Glerum (bass); Han Bennink (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
The ICP Orchestra (Instant Composers Pool) was formed 50 years ago in The Netherlands. Sadly co-founder Misha Mengelberg died recently (a photo tribute to the man is currently on show until April 14) but drummer Hans Bennnink, aged 75, still drives the band with tremendous energy and good humour. It would be hard to single anyone out in this 10 piece ensemble. I enjoyed everyone’s playing but Cellist Tristan Hinsinger has to get my MVP award, not only for his poetry reading and singing but also for the most amazing piece of conducting which took the form of a dance. All in all a delightful performance full of spontaneity, wit and swing -pure class.


Garibaldi Plop
Roberto Negro (piano); Valentin Ceccaldi (cello); Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums)
The opening set of this double was joy from beginning to end. A musical journey which explored every nook and cranny of the musical spectrum. There were: quiet bits, melodious passages, free and improvised parts and in one particular passage the most sensational, cacophonous, wild, explosive ensemble playing I have had the good fortune to experience. My only complaint was that it was over all too quickly (45minutes). I really could have done with the same again.
Steve H.

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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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