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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.

Friday, July 07, 2017

CD Review: Dean Stockdale Trio - Origin

Dean Stockdale (piano), Gavin Barras (double bass) & Adam Dawson (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Pianist Dean Stockdale works out of Darlington, Manchester and a suitcase. Hailing from the Tees Delta, Stockdale would cite Oscar Peterson as an influence although his engagements extend way beyond the classic jazz piano trio format; big band pianist, classical accompanist, theatre work and touring with the Madchester-inspired Hacienda Classical show.

Origin is Dean Stockdale’s new trio recording featuring the Manchester-based bass and drums duo Gavin Barras and Adam Dawson. Nine tracks, seven of which are Stockdale compositions plus two standards, the musicianship is of the highest order, as is the quality of the studio recording. Mingus to open with – Nostalgia in Times Square – followed by three Stockdale originals, the Sammy Fain masterpiece Out of Nowhere, the listener will conclude that Origin is nothing short of excellent.
Dean Stockdale certainly writes a good tune, evinced by three back to back numbers; Railtown and Nth Degree (the latter with a joyous Billy Taylor vibe), and the swift, swinging, Pike Place (including Gavin Barras’ purposeful solo and a brief round of fours highlighting Adam Dawson’s exceptionally good drumming). Stockdale’s closing composition – Metropolitan Nocturne – all of two minutes and thirteen seconds, takes it down, the perfect ending to one of the very best CDs of 2017.
Origin by the Dean Stockdale Trio is available now.
Dean Stockdale is appearing tonight (Friday 7 July) at the Jazz Café, Newcastle in the inspirational duo with world-class trumpeter Noel Dennis.                   
Russell.

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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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