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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Claire Kelly Trio – Salsa Café November 30.

Claire Kelly (Vocal)  Mark Williams (Guitar) John Pope (D Bass)
(Review by Kath Jobes).
Claire has been absent from the jazz scene for some time, but appears to be on good form now she is back for a short while before she heads off travelling to foreign lands.  She introduced the band as the ‘the lovely Mark Williams’ and ‘THEE Pope’ and set away on a pleasant evening of ‘dinner Jazz’ with a quiet and gentle version of You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To, followed by Some Of My Best Friends Are Blues, with simply splendid solos from the boys… and I would expect nothing less from these accomplished musicians.  Claire certainly hit her ‘lucky Star’ with Mr Ugly and Morning as she gently moved on to Masquerade, some Beautiful Love and ended the set on Like Someone in Love.  A lovely mellow start to the evening, as I ate a superb dinner with jazz friends and it’s great to see a growing audience of Jazz regulars at the Salsa Café. 
Set two gave us water to drink with Agua de Beber, and Claire simply sparkled as she sang a happy blues number – The Blues Are Out of Town, with yet more skilful solos from Mark Williams and Thee Pope.  No Moon At All was exquisite and Day In Day Out again displayed the lightning fast fingers of Mr Williams at his best.  Johnny Dankworth’s blues number Unlucky Woman  hit the spot, but Everybody Wants to be A Cat from the Aristocrats brought back nice childhood memories as we were moved on to Love and Let’s Slip Away
We were then given a rare treat as Lindsay Hannon took to the stage and sang  But Beautiful… and it really was… I’m so looking forward to seeing her next Friday at No 28!  The last number of the night was another delight... away from the usual Jazz… the bonus of an Artic Monkeys number – When the Sun Goes Down… well sadly the sun did go down and the night came to an agreeable close…
If you missed it.. Claire is singing at Pizza Express on New Year’s Eve… and if you are looking for something to do on a Sunday Afternoon, there will be a regular Jam Session starting up at Salsa Café from Sunday December 8 – 3pm ‘til 7… bring your instruments and come along for a play or have a sing or if you don’t do either come for a listen, great jazz, lovely atmosphere, sumptuous food, plentiful drink and great staff and company… what more could you ask for? 
Kath J.

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