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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, April 02, 2017

GIJF Day 2 - Ronnie Scott's All Stars Present the Ronnie Scott's Soho Songbook @ Sage Gateshead April 1

James Pearson (piano); Alex Garnett (tenor); Sam Burgess (bass); Ian Thomas (drums); Natalie Williams (vocal).
(Review by Lance).
Those of us who saw the show at Gala Theatre, Durham, in May last year probably expected more of the same and we couldn't have been more wrong!
Whereas last year was purely instrumental with Freddy Gavita on trumpet, this time round the emphasis was on the vocal side with homage paid to Ella, Anita, Sassy, Mark Murphy, Nancy Wilson and the many other singers who patrolled the Frith St. beat. This multi-faceted task was entrusted to Natalie Williams who, 3 years back, had the inhabitants of Hoochie Coochie rocking and rolling in the aisles.
Tonight, the tall, statuesque, singer was in a more sophisticated mode, as befitted the occasion, but still did the business. Garnett, needless to say, blew tenor like there was no tomorrow although, he told me afterward, he had a gig in Bromley the following day. Ben Webster to Sonny Rollins, Garnett ticked all the boxes. 
The current house pianist and Musical Director at Ronnie's, James Pearson (on the right of the picture with Alex Garnett), was featured in a piece from Oscar Peterson's Canadiana Suite. He did the great man proud.
Sam Burgess was rock solid and particularly impressive on the bass/voice intro to If I Were a Bell.
Ian Thomas, who'd got his dates mixed up and had arrived in Gateshead a day early - he should have been in Doncaster - dazzled on Sing Sing Sing.
The obligatory encore, It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing certainly did have 'that swing!'
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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