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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Zoë Gilby & Alan Law: Beatles, Bossa & Beyond @ Jazz Cafe Mezzanine - April 10

Zoë Gilby (vocals); Alan Law (piano)
(Review by Russell)

Down the years BSH correspondents have written reams about Zoë Gilby without, it seems, ever documenting her occasional duo project gigs with Alan Law.This Jazz Cafe Mezzanine appearance was an opportunity to finally catch up with their Beatles, Bossa and Beyond set.

As the big hand approached two o'clock Zoë and Alan took a seat - vocalist Zoë sitting atop a high stool, pianist Alan on a piano stool. And what a scene lay before them - all seats taken with dozens standing and yet more settling down on the stairs! 

GASbook, bossa, Beatles - that the opening sequence to the first set. Caravan (minus the usual party-piece drum solo), Jobim's How Insensitive then Lennon and McCartney's And I Love Her. So this was Beatles, Bossa and Beyond. Zoë introduced Macca's Yesterday suggesting it was probably the Fab Four's (Fab One's?) most famous song. Yes, probably, but perhaps not the best. 

The bossas tended to be ACJ (One Note SambaNo More BluesDindi) and the GASbook selections were choice, if familiar (Do Nothing Till You Hear from MeNature Boy) and the Beatles' numbers, invariably credited to Lennon and McCartney, included Across the UniverseSexy Sadie and Blackbird. Zoë introduced the latter number - more Macca than Lennon and McCartney - which prompted Alan to exclaim: Too many chords! As the big hand approached four o'clock many, too many, Beatles’ numbers hadn't made the set list. The Lennon and McCartney songbook is a weighty tome - Zoë Gilby and Alan Law could be dipping into it for years to come. 
Russell

* BSH Editor-in-Chief will, no doubt, inform readers if this is an inaccurate observation!  
Editor: See review from 2015.     

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