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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 29, 2015

Smoove & Turrell Calling

(Preview by Russell)
Tyneside’s soul-funk heroes Smoove & Turrell pitch-up at the 2015 Rugby World Cup Fanzone in the shadow of St James’ Park on Sunday October 4. The North East Calling event is one of many cultural happenings associated with the elite egg chasers’ big time global showcase. A four thousand capacity marquee has been erected on the former S & N Brewery site now known as Science Central located just off St James’ Boulevard.

North East Calling is a free event – no ticket required – beginning at four o’clock. Many up-and-coming bands are on the bill and it is Smoove & Turrell who will close the show finishing up by eleven. Gateshead lads, the band tours the world spreading the word. As any Hoochie Coochie regular will tell you, Smoove and Turrell know how to party. John Turrell’s soulful voice has won plaudits from national radio soul DJs and jazz fans know all about bass maestro Andy Champion. Rugger or not, the Fanzone is the place to be on Sunday 4 October!
There’s plenty of beer on tap, and for the energetic, a temporary 3G mini rugby pitch has been laid complete with temporary seating so that you can give it – rugby – a try (no pun intended). Fairground rides are now on site with a ferris wheel so big it can be seen from the moon. The caterers are gearing-up to offer a humble burger to rugby style posh nosh.
You don’t need to be a rugby fan, you don’t need a ticket, just turn up and party – Sunday October 4.

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.
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