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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.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sid Scott Orchestra @ The Bridge Hotel. September 28

Ray Truscott (electric bass), Paul Gowland (tenor & alto saxophones, synthesizer) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Sid couldn’t make the gig with HMRC on his trail. The other Sids did make it. Confused? You will be. The ‘orchestra’ packed a punch. The massed ranks of the sections distilled, a familiar-looking trio took to the floor promising/threatening Weather Report stadium-gig power in the upstairs room at the Bridge Hotel. Those in the know took back row seats.
Jack and Joe gave a clue as what to expect from Sid & co. Jaco Pastorius (Jack) and Joe Zawinul (Joe) featured prominently during the evening. Six string Ray Truscott revisited seventies electric bass playing territory, a synthesized Paul Gowland blew torrents (tenor and alto) and added something Zawinul-like at a lap-topped keyboard.
Meanwhile, Sid (too many Sids in this band) kicked seven shades out of his kit, giving a power-drumming masterclass endorsed by Mahavishnu Billy Cobham. Sid, the drummer (aka Paul Wight) did use brushes as and when, and the set-list did allow some relief from a Weather Report-style power-feast. The rather incongruous Bossamba made way for a tune inspired by Mingus with the catchy title Pass the Hat Charlie Someone Stole the Pie. The naming of tunes prosaic, none more so than Thanks John (Coltrane), paid homage with an element of My Favourite Things and it wasn’t such a stretch to hear Giant Steps. Sid likes Miles, Four Miles took us close to Seven Steps to Heaven.
The Sid Scott Orchestra is a work in progress; retro, respectful, searching. A Jazz Co-op gig at the Globe is in the diary, get along to follow the progress of Sid, Sid and PG.
Russell.

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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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