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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, February 27, 2017

Sue Ferris Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall - February 24

Sue Ferris (tenor sax, flute), Giles Strong (guitar), Mick Shoulder (bass).
(Review/photo by Steve T)
With similar events thriving in Durham and Newcastle, this much anticipated lunchtime session got off to a flying start with the ever amiable and soulful saxophonist and flautist Sue Ferris , accompanied by Giles Strong and Mick Shoulder, who seems to be chief organiser, bass player, guitarist, bottle-washer and maybe even tea and coffee maker.
And very welcome the tea and coffee was too, though from the band only the lady herself was able to avail herself of this extra added touch, while her sidemen soloed; the rewards of superstardom.
To my mind, she's one of the unmissables on the North East scene, alongside Lord Paul, AC and the Jelly giant. Down to tenor and flute for this short one hour set but demonstrating her virtuosity and laying her soul out there and the crowd, which hit twenty with the arrival of first reserve Alan Barnes’ sparring partner Dennis the legend, loved every minute.
Mick and Giles have become the Ant and Dec of North East jazz and while I know which is which on the TV, I'm not quite sure when they share the Jazz Bandstand.
Of course Mick's a seriously safe pair of hands, continuing to show his quieter side, as with Barnes a week or two back, but also getting a twang going illustrating his rockabilly leanings from a former life.
Giles is proving himself a very versatile guitarist across the various bands he features in, here demonstrating a very clean sound on his clear Benson imprint Ibanez.
The set featured classics and usual suspects from the GAS including Just Squeeze Me, So Nice to Come Home To, All the Things you Are, Song for my Father, Sunny Side of the Street and Sue switching to flute for Witchcraft and Black Narcissus, but the instruments brought a slightly different twist, though each soloed in turn, proving the adage that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Numbers meant we were downstairs amongst the paintings, but if the numbers rise we could see it moved to the theatre upstairs. Forthcoming opportunities for promotion in Crook and Bishop’s appropriate imbibing holes, and with Lord Paul himself playing clarinet alongside Mick and Giles next month, let's hope for steady growth. I know I'm at work, but I suspect everyone else who was there will be back and will hopefully bring their friends and family.
Steve T.

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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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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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