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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.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Dean Stockdale & Noel Dennis @ the Jazz Café - July 7














Dean Stockdale (piano); Noel Dennis (trumpet/flugel).
(Review by Lance).
From Russell's review of the latest CD by the Dean Stockdale Trio (previous post) those, if any, who were unfamiliar with the pianist's work will surely have got the message that the man is a formidable player. Take away bass and drums but add the melodic horn playing of Noel Dennis and we have the makings of another sound Jazz Café duo set.
Amazingly, Stockdale hadn't brought any of his CDs to hawk which must surely be a first for any musician playing a gig!
The duo kicked off with Beautiful Love and it soon became apparent that we were in for a treat. A low-key one perhaps but nonetheless a treat.
Dennis switched to flugelhorn for Watch What Happens before returning to trumpet for Nostalgia in Times Square.
It had been awhile since I'd last heard the brass man and, in these early numbers, the Chet Baker/Miles approach seemed to have been replaced by a more individual, more contemporary sound. Stockdale continues to spread the Gospel according to St. Oscar and, like the late great Canadian is not averse to throwing in a stride chorus or three.
More flugel on My Funny Valentine, an uptempo Autumn Leaves, and a swashbuckling Freddie Freeloader brought us to the intermission. Lots of the aforementioned stride piano in the latter piece.
Off again with There Will Never be Another You the Chet Baker influence was now seeping through whilst Miles showed his face on that seasonal tune from Porgy and Bess.
Stockdale had a solo piano feature on Over the Rainbow. After a long and complex intro, it finally modulated into as fine a version as any you're likely to find on either side of the Yellow Brick Road.
Lyrical trumpet on Love For Sale, pure Miles on All Blues then, finally, Now's the Time (to make my way through the fleshpots of Newcastle on a Friday night - somebody's got to do it - and catch the number 27).
It had been an enjoyable evening by two very able musicians. Let's hear them again soon.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. That seasonal tune from 'Porgy and Bess'is a musical version of the elephant in the room, the song we dare not mention when Lance is around. It goes 'da dee da' etc. 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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