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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.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Inner Space Music @ the Jazz Café - Nov. 24.

Rachel Musson, Chris Biscoe (reeds); Loz Speyer (trumpet); Olie Brice (bass); Gary Wilcox (drums).
(Review by Steve H)
Yet another superb gig at the Jazz Cafe on Tuesday night; it was Loz Speyer’s Inner Space Music who were the purveyors of this fine fayre. The make up of the band is slightly unconventional with two reeds players and a trumpet. This combination gives a somewhat hard edged feel to parts of the music but some of the harmonies conjured up were simply sublime. 
All the tunes played were composed by Speyer, several with titles making reference to the band name, for example Rocket Science which you didn’t have to be an astrophysicist to enjoy. A couple were named after animals which feature on an earlier album Five Animal Dances. The first, ‘Bird’, was introduced by Speyer, the second was left for the audience to guess. We never did find out, my guess would have been something fitting such as Emperor Penguin or The Lion.
The style of music will resonate with Ornette Coleman fans although it was more than just that. A feeling of warmth and peace seemed to exude from the stage. Fascinating solos from grandmaster Biscoe and rising star Musson were backed by cool steady drumming from Wilcox and some very muscular playing from double bassist Brice who surpassed himself on the piece Fragile. This was all held together by the ever so affable Speyer who controlled proceeding without ever hogging the limelight.
The final piece of the evening, entitled The Long Road, appropriately named given that the band are in the middle of a UK tour, was joyous and had a real calypso feel to it.   An enthralled audience responded with rapturous applause and Speyer informed us that anyone wanting more would be welcome to see them again in Hull the following night.
Steve.

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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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