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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 19, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Havana Club 5 - April 18

Alan Law (keys); Antonio Morerro (vocals, shakers); Darren Millett (guitar) Paul Grainger (bass);
Carlos Rivera (hand drums, snares); Paco Rivera (hand drums, percussion)
(Review by Ann Alex/photo courtesy of Debra).
If you’re up for a good time, partying, dancing, this band is definitely the band for you. I enjoyed hearing them so much that I’m thinking of taking up cigar-smoking, to make the image complete!  They started as they meant to go on, with a long vamp of South American sounds, piano and guitar riffs, drums, cymbals, bird whistles, shouts, snatches of song in Spanish/Portuguese (?), the singer encouraging us to join in, ‘Party, party, si senor’, all climaxing in a general mash-up. Many bands would have opted for something quiet after all that excitement, but no, we had more lively sounds, then the flowing piano comes to the fore: - this review stops for a while as I’m up dancing with Debra, Helen, Jen and Mary, can’t resist, blame the music!
The piano plays lyrically, the bass then leads, and the tune ends with a fade-out.
There are now a few sound problems as the singer can’t hear himself, but nothing can really throw this band, they simply play on and check the situation, then the sound resumes better than ever, to the singer’s words of ‘cha, cha, cha, - break for reviewer dancing with Helen, Mary and Jen, and also Debra moving rhythmically at the sound controls, just in case it goes again.
The second half opens with bell-like percussion sounds and a build up of drums, enter the others and a sweet tuneful piano, solos from guitar and bass, a clank, clank, chock, chock from percussion to a steady bass drum beating out the pulse of the tune, then a flowing song, more than just riffs.  Audience participation now, this time a clapping lesson from Carlos, we have to repeat short clapping rhythms after him, and he chides us when it’s not quite right, all good fun. Then a tune I recognise, with fine drumming on the snares with sticks.  We dance again, then it’s over and the Metro calls me home. Quite a night!
Ann Alex   

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