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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.

Today

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.

Monday, April 13, 2015

GIJF Day Two: The Jazz Co-op Stand and other Matters

Today it was my turn to serve on the Jazz Co-op stand for a couple of hours, an activity which allows you to hear the Concourse music, people watch, chat to all sorts and conditions of men (and women), besides of course drumming up support for the Jazz Co-op gigs. (And folks, remember, you’ll get tax relief if you invest in the Co-op).  Anyway, talking of chatting to women, Joan Parker and I met Marianne, a music student from Tynemouth who is studying in Edinburgh, and we had an in depth discussion about women’s singing and the differences in singing classically, pop music and jazz singing.  This is why I love doing stands, you never know what you’ll get to talk about.
The varied range of Concourse music continued delightfully with You and The Night and The Music from The Ruth Lambert Trio, followed by other jazz standards. The Mark Cray Band had an exciting sound of saxes, trumpets, tuba, trombone, and of course drums, with Latin rhythms, repeated riffs.  Then came Alex Saxon and Jack Forster on guitar and flute, the latter reminding me a bit of Jethro Tull of yesteryear.  Their tunes included Moondance and Mr Bojangles.
I’d heard of King Bee but this was the first time I’d actually seen them, not to be the last, I say.  Vibes, two guitars, horns, flute drums, another exciting sound, funky fusion, insistent riffs and even songs.  What’s not to like on the Concourse, never mind the gigs in the Sage Halls?
Ann Alex

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