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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.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

GIJF Day 1: Zara McFarlane. April 5 Hall 2

Vocalist Zara McFarlane emerged from the Tomorrow’s Warriors’ hot house of the same generation as headliner Soweto Kinch. Her profile continues to rise and this Gateshead International Jazz Festival appearance will do her no harm whatsoever. Vocal improvisers are ten a penny - picking the best is a different matter and the Sage got it right on this occasion. The diminutive McFarlane, backed by a tight quartet - piano, bass and drums with a late-change saxophonist - sang with style. Commentary on contemporary matters of the day infused her lyrics (a Billie Holiday for the 21st Century) - Woman in the Olive Groves one such highlight, Blossom Tree another. McFarlane headlining on Tyneside will surely happen in the not to distant future.     
Russell.
(Editor's note. A couple of years back Zara had a very fine début album reviewed within these pages - Lance.)

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