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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.

Monday, January 25, 2016

PARIS-SUR-TYNE @ The Lit and Phil January 24 (Evening Session)

Théo Ceccaldi (violin); Valentin Ceccaldi (cello); Guillaume Aknine (guitar); Corey Mwamba (vibes); Roberto Negro (piano); Xavier Camarasa (piano); Andy Champion (bass); Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums)
(Review by Steve H - photos to follow) 
The evening got off to a great start with the duet Babies featuring Roberto Negro on piano and Théo Ceccaldi on violin. A riveting piece of almost contemporary classical music which reminded me very much of Bela Bartok. Negro almost attacked the inside of the piano as much as the conventional method of striking the keys.
This was followed by the numerically challenged Milesdavisquintet which in fact was a trio comprising of Xavier Camarasa (piano) Valentin Ceccaldi (cello), and Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums)!  I would sum up the style as ‘Acoustic Industrial Techno Jazz ‘as the band took us from the musical equivalent of ‘The Spinning Jenny’ through to ‘The Large Hadron Collider’. Once again the piano took a fair bit of a battering and not to be outdone the cello also seemed to come under attack from the back of Ceccaldi’s bow. Various members in the audience quivered with anxiety for the well-being of the instruments but it all added to a wonderfully exhilarating set.
Sonsale is an Anglo French conglomeration who came together a couple of years ago. From this side of the channel we had Corey Mwamba (vibes, pipes, screams) and Andy Champion (bass) and from La Manche, Valentin Ceccaldi (cello), and Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums). The band produced a primal symphonic set with wonderful vocal outbursts from Corey Mwamba to keep everyone on their toes.
The finale couldn’t be anything other than a Ménage à Huit as all 8 musicians came together for one magnificent orchestral mash up.
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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