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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.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mesmeric Metamorphic Rolls with Røyst @ Newcastle Jazz Cafe - November 20

Metamorphic Laura Cole (Piano); Kerry Andrew (Voice); Chris Williams (Alto Sax); John Martin (Soprano/Tenor Sax); Oliver Dover (Bass Clarinet); Paul Sandy, Seth Bennet (Double Basses) Tom Greenhalgh (Drums).
Røyst Trio  Kari Bleivik, Ceceilie Giskamo , Maria Jardardotti (voices)
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
The collaboration of Laura Cole’s Metamorphic and Norwegian a capella trio Røyst really rocked Newcastle’s go to place for jazz on a Friday night. This night began with short sets from each band: a very folksy a capella offering from the Nordic trio, and a gutsy couple from the octet - the highlight being a wonderful improvised non-lexical vocal from Kerry Andrew.  
The bands then joined forces for a marvellously extended piece which is hard to categorise as there was so much going on folk, contemporary classical, jazz etc. etc. Whatever it was, it was bloody fantastic and at half time the crowd was left on a high. The second half carried on from where the first left off although this time with shorter pieces written by various members of the cooperative. The combinations of 4 voices, 3 horns, 2 double basses*, drums and a piano creating a fascinating, stimulating and most enjoyable offering. If only Newcastle United’s 11 could produce such magic I wouldn’t have had to suffer such a miserable Saturday afternoon after such a wonderful Friday night. 
Steve H  
* Just like London double decker buses you wait ages for a band featuring 2 double basses to come along and then two come along almost at once  (see Friday’s review Peter Ehwald Double Trouble  here .)  

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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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