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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.

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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.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Gabriele Mit Drei with Gordon Phillips: City Library, Newcastle March 8 International Women’s Day


Gabriele Heller (vocals, kazoo); Paul Beck (keyboard); Steve Glendinning (guitar);
Dave Parker (double bass); Gordon Phillips (poetry).
(Review by Ann Alex.)
This was a fine contribution to International Women’s Day from a talented poet, and Gabi and the band, who reached the high standard that we’ve come to expect from this outfit.  And it was free, with tea or coffee and biscuits as well!
Songs by Gabi alternated with Gordon reading out his interesting poems, which ranged from a tale about a woman who loved haggis, to a feminist statement She’s No Longer Spoken For; a poem about the lack of women on official boards; poems concerning a girl singer; one about a dressmaker; and a poem about a woman who was a refugee from the troubled political situation in Burma.  Gabi began the set with a Quincy Jones song calling out to the sisters (not sure of the title); followed by Broken Silence, (lyrics by Gabi and tune by Steve), a clever song listing lots of broken things related to a broken relationship.  There followed a song based on the Burmese poem, with a bluesy chorus of ‘my baby please come home.’  Gabi, as a trained actor, certainly knows how to get the best interpretation out of these songs.  Other songs included Preacher Woman Blues (Gordon’s lyrics); Gabi’s own song Don’t Mess Around With Me, which includes an amusing kazoo solo from Gabi, plus a bass solo from Dave.  Just about at that moment I spotted a bus passing the window, bearing an advert saying ‘PARKER - has a new venue’.  How did they know about his performance?  A magic coincidence.  The last song was a plea which is made by many a woman, Slow Me Down I’m Tired Lord.
The band did their stuff admirably, as expected, adventurous solos on keys, lyrical playing on guitar, and the bass beautifully grounded, hand beating out a latin rhythm on the wood at one point, then a bit of bowing when needed.  A thoroughly enjoyable gig with a feminist perspective. 
Ann Alex

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