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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 Saturday July 22

Afternoon
SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day two of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Evening
Steve Glendinning (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Big Chris Barber Band - Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm. £21.50/£20.50.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Lonnie Liston Smith @ Hoochie Coochie June 26

Lonnie Liston Smith (keys/vcl); Tabitha Pearson (vcl); Samir Moulay (gtr); Gary Grainger (bs); Greg Grainger (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo top right by Joe Boss Fowler).

This was one of those fantastic nights where I didn't bother making notes but just let the sound waft over me - like a Force 9 'wafts'! And what a waft of sound! Full on and totally integrated. 
Amazing drummer, brilliant guitar soloist and a bass guitarist whose middle name is surely GOD! Lonnie Liston didn't sing but Tabitha Pearson did and how! Tabitha has a range that reaches up into the rafters and beyond to an area where only dogs can hear - lucky dogs! Elsewhere, I've read of comparisions with Minnie Ripperton but Tabitha is earthier than Minnie whilst working in the same incredible compass.
As for Lonnie, what can one say except that he got some great sounds from the two keyboards and fully justified his starring role.
But this wasn't about five people, it was about six.
Warren Thomson, the guy who makes things happen at Hoochie...
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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