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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 29, 2015

Pete Gilligan/Chris Jelly Duo @ the Jazz Café - Nov. 28











Pete Gilligan (pno); Chris Jelly (vbs).
(Review, b&w photo, by Lance/colour photo courtesy of  Mike Tilley).
There have been many Saturday night duo sets at the Jazz Café - some worked well and some not so well. This surprise pairing was most deffo of the former variety - Gilligan and Jelly, gelled.
After an opening Blues in F to warm-up (and with the weather outside we all needed warming up!) the temperature rose by the note. Sonora, by Hampton Hawes, is a longtime Gilligan favourite and I guess it's now one of Jelly's.
As the session progressed so did the empathy increase. Not just between the two performers but between performer and audience.
Given the instrumentation it's not surprising that pieces by Gary Burton and Chick Corea were featured in the program. These included Corea's 500 Miles High and La Fiesta as well as Burton's Minor Blues.
The enigmatically titled Yo Yazz, composed by fellow vibist Emil Richards, was as quirky as the title suggests and showed both players to advantage. It wouldn't be a Pete performance without at least one piece of Silver (Horace) and the 3/4 time Summer in Central Park was (and still is) as beautiful a picture of that charismatic location as any I've heard.
There were others the titles of which I didn't catch - difficult when you're trying to order a bottle of Geordie Jazz and a couple of Pinot's!
This is one pairing to look out for next time round. In the meantime, Chris Jelly can be heard with soul/funk phenomena King Bee (Hoochie Coochie Dec. 23) whilst Pete Gilligan is back at the Jazz Café this Tuesday (Dec.1) for the fortnightly Jam Session - put both dates in your diary.
Lance.
PS: The wise folk at F/b tell me it's Pete's birthday today - Happy Birthday (in G) Pete.

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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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