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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, July 16, 2017

Mia Webb & Roy Willis @ New Ship Inn, Cleadon – July 14













Mia Webb (vocals); Roy Willis (guitar); Colin Aitchison (muted trumpet, vocals); Franco Valussi (clarinet); Neville Sarony (vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex)
I’d finally made it to this gig which takes place quite near to my home in South Shields and I wasn’t disappointed. And there was the added bonus of meeting Lance’s friend Colin, over from Hong Kong, who is a BSH legend. Ms Webb is a very talented and experienced vocalist, Roy Willis was superb on guitar, then there was the added pleasure of a smooth, liquid clarinet, Colin’s rich, lively trumpet and also a song or two from Neville Sarony, (also visiting from the Orient) who has a fine tenor voice. I was a bit puzzled by the use of a backing tape of piano bass and drums, which the band could well do without, as they have enough skill without any assistance, but the tape didn’t detract too much from the enjoyment.

I entered the bar to improvisation on St Louis Blues from trumpet, clarinet and guitar, then came Undecided, which they said they were undecided about playing. Up steps our lady singer with a smoothly sung Satin Doll and clarinet and trumpet in harmony, followed by the instruments only on Basin Street Blues. I spotted two future jazz fans standing in the corner looking quite interested, two small girls in football strips, in honour of young Bradley whose death has been in the news this week.
 Mia continued with a string of jazz standards, Better Than Anything; Where Do You Start?; East Of The Sun; Devil May Care; One Note Samba (thank you, Mia, a favourite of mine because of the clever lyrics); Peel Me A Grape; Mambo Italiano (rarely heard in jazz, at least not by me). Then the band only for In A Mellotone (with call and response trumpet and clarinet).
Up steps Neville to tell us about Georgia (has she moved to Hong Kong to be his girlfriend?) followed by his version of Deed I Do. Mia took the stage again to tell us to Straighten Up And Fly Right (with a long guitar solo and lots of encouragement from our singer); then came It Don’t Mean A Thing, plus the verse, and lots of the ‘doo wah’ from trumpet; another Georgia, Sweet Georgia Brown; Alright, Okay, You Win (the audience helping out with the repetitions). Another of my favourites next, Hard Hearted Hannah. I remember first hearing this song when I was a child of 10, and I loved the reference to Hannah ‘pouring water on a drowning man’. Cruel Child. Finally, a relatively modern song, Watch What Happens, with trumpet and clarinet in lovely harmony.
As I said, a very enjoyable evening.
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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