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THURSDAY 24

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Abbie Finn Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 7:30pm. Donations on the night. To book a table (max four people from one household/support bubble) visit: www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00pm - 10pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 25

SouLutions Sistas - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (7:00pm doors). £10.00. SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 26

Boys of Brass - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. 7:00pm. £10.00. + £1.37 bf for table for two. Other packages available. See www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk.

SUNDAY 27

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Jazz Singing - Take 25

Yes folks, the jazz singing class at The Sage has started again, with a class of about 25. It seems that everyone wants to do it. Being the first day of term there were many new singers, including 3 men. One of them is a drummer who just fancied learning singing.
There were some lovely voices and signs that some of the new people were experienced singers, but Lindsay rightly told us just to be ourselves and to do it our way so I did it my way although, of course, I didn't sing My Way which isn't a very jazzy song. We’ve made a good and challenging start, learning to count the band in - 'a one a two a one two three four' - and also trying some scat. We’ve already started on microphone techniques, which must be a bit frightening for new people, but it’s best to be familiar with the 'do's and don'ts' as soon as possible.
We were accompanied by Jeremy and Dean on guitars, which I found less straightforward than practising with the piano. In fact at one part of Horace Silver's A Song For My Father I had a strange feeling of singing in mid air and not knowing which note to sing next.
Frightening but exhilarating.
So 5 new songs to learn, including I Got Rhythm and Sweet Georgia Brown’. We’ll be having a swinging time. Ann Alex.

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