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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, February 12, 2017

CD Review: Sidney Jacobs - First Man

(Review by Ann Alex)
This is the second CD from Los Angeles singer, songwriter and arranger, Sidney Jacobs. Although a trained psychologist, Jacobs has always been interested in music, first singing as a child in a Presbyterian Church choir, and subsequently influenced by gospel, soul, folk and R&B music.  He has done classical and operatic singing and has performed jazz in Southern California. His voice has a rich resonant tone.
The songs on the CD include 7 original compositions, and standards by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bill Withers, Kendrick Lamar, Sacha Distel and James Taylor. The band is a competent mixture of seasoned professionals and up-and-coming musicians. 

The problem I had with the CD was that most of the original songs were not interesting enough, with nothing in the lyrics or tunes to latch on to, with the tunes sort of wandering about a bit, rather than having much ‘punch’. There were titles such as Sabine’s Grind; Long Walk. One original that I did enjoy was Last Night, which did have clever sharp words about how changeable women could be, with a very jazzy tune. The other effective tracks were Bill Withers Lonely Town, Lonely Street, good lyrics and an interesting repeated riff to accompany the singer; Distel’s The Good Life, which had a voice and bass opening and a lively piano solo; and James Taylor’s Secret Of Life, with voice and piano only, which was very sensitively sung.  
This is a CD which I’d judge as a missed opportunity; others listeners may not agree.
Available on Amazon, ITunes and CD Baby from 23rd January 2017. A sample is on soundcloud.
Sidney Jacobs (vocals); Zephyr Avalon (acoustic & electric bass); Michael Jarvey (piano, electric piano, viola); Josh Johnson (alto sax); Wendell Kelly (trombone); Josh Nelson (piano); Greg Poree (acoustic & electric guitars); Nolan Shaheed (trumpet); Justin Thomas (vibraphone, marimba); Cathy Segal-Garcia (backing vocal); Francesco Canas (violin).

Ann Alex

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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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