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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lindsay Hannon/Alan Law @ Jazz Café - Macmillan Cancer Care Coffee Afternoon.

Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Alan Law (pno).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
A coffee afternoon (to allow late night jazzers time to get out of bed) didn't draw the charitably minded members of the community in the numbers anticipated. Perhaps it should have held with tradition and made it a Coffee Morning thus catching the jazz owls before they went to bed! Whatever, if you missed it it was your, and unfortunately, Macmillan Cancer Care's loss.
A chocolate walnut gateaux that probably contained all of the calories in the world went down a treat as did the duo up front.
Alan Law is perhaps the most underrated pianist in town. No bombastic, flamboyant shows of bravado - just gentle, melodic and sympathetic nuances behind Lindsay and only the occasional ff flourish when soloing.
The material was a mix of standards and more contemporary offerings. Cry Me A River is a much maligned song but, when sung by Julie London or Lindsay Hannon, it is a pearl.
Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis - a Tom Waits gem  that our girl did justice to. - Cole Porter never got within a mile of a lyric like this!
At Long Last Love saw Asbury Park substituted with Saltwell Park, Leazes Park and various other local parks and Billy Bragg's Saturday Girl, a poetic tale of adolescent love, - We'd sit together in double history twice a week - another one to hit the spot.
All this and chocolate walnut gateaux - I need to lie down!
Lance.

3 comments :

Patti D. said...

Ah yes - sorry I missed this - and these great songs covered! The Tom Waits one is a masterpiece ..... and to think I didn't get a lick of that choco/walnut delight! Most important of course is the whole reason for the gig - raising ££'s for Macmillan Cancer Care. They do amazing work.

Mike Tilley said...

Just an update we raised 140 pounds for Macmillan, pretty good for a leisurely afternoon.
Mike

Jen Errington said...

This was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Lindsay and Alan on top form. I had home made coffee/walnut - it was delicious. Very pleased to hear the amount raised despite such small numbers.
Jen

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