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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.


As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Preview Gwyneth Herbert and Band. Sage Gateshead Jazz Festival.

For those who want to hear a true original with a distinctive voice there are few singers who embrace those characteristics as ably as does Ms Herbert. Not many, if any, British singers get snapped up by Blue Note which speaks volumes for Gwyneth's universal appeal.
An intriguing event that, from my point of view, unfortunately clashes with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra's concert in Hall One.
Pre concert talk (7 pm Hall Two Sunday March 27. Free to ticket holders for Gwyneth Herbert concert that follows.) Described by Time Out as a "jazz-folk diva with an awesome voice", Gwyneth Herbert defies categories and musical genres. She talks with Alyn Shipton about the art of song-writing, and the music on her fourth CD, "All the Ghosts". Free to ticket holders for Gwyneth Herbert concert. Concert (8 pm Hall Two £16.50.) Gwyneth Herbert is a singer-songwriter inspired as much by Janis Ian and Joni Mitchell, as by Billie Holliday or Nina Simone. Her latest collection, 'All The Ghosts', Naim Edge, features ten new songs, which speak directly without forethought for genre or category. In their melodic immediacy and observational characterization, you might hear the Lennon-McCartney of 'Sgt Pepper', or the Ray Davies of 'Lola', rather than any jazz stereotype. Expect witty, captivating vignettes populated by a living, breathing cast of beaten-down dreamers, jaded city-dwellers, and women in a quandary. "On the year-end hitlist whatever its genre" The Guardian The band comprises Gwyneth Herbert (vox, piano and ukulele), Al Cherry guitar, Sam Burgess bass and Dave Price percussion. "On the year-end hitlist whatever its genre" The Guardian Lance.

1 comment :

The LondonJazz site said...

Here's a review on LondonJazz of Gwyneth Herbert's music for the silent film The Patsy, by Alyn Shipton.

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