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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.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Andy Lawrenson Trio - February 6

Andy Lawrenson (violin, vocals); Simon O’Byrne (guitar, vocals); Paul Carroll (upright bass, piano) + Also guests Stu Finden (soprano sax) Fiona Finden (vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex)
This was described by the band as their Stephane Grappelli show, so we held on to our hats (should it be berets?) for an evening of stonking, swinging Grappelli/Reinhardt gypsy jazz.  A large audience (donate more chairs?) heard such numbers as My Dear Mr Shane (Mei Bir Mist Du Schoen), sung by Andy; Tea For Two, with its beautiful verse from the guitar, main theme from a luscious-sounding violin, and loads of improvisation all round.
That’s just a small sample of what we enjoyed: other numbers included Reinhart’s 1940s tune Nuages; a 1937 tune of just introduction and chords, the band make up the rest: I Can’t Give You Anything But Love; It Don’t Mean A Thing; Honeysuckle Rose; How High The Moon; Misty; a very dramatic Jealousy tango; Besame Mucho. For good measure, to show what the fiddle could do, we had the well known Caprice No. 24 (Paganini), with Paul using the piano as a bass line.  I especially liked the slightly husky tone of Simon’s voice on Misty and Besame Mucho. Sorry about any tunes I’ve missed or mistitled, but I was also counting the money we’d taken – we volunteers get to do all sorts.
Then came the surprise guests, the Findens, to join the band for the mad lyrics of Bernie’s Tune (twangy guitar and Fi scatting) and also Lester Leaps In.
This was when I leapt out to catch the Metro. Another night of wonderful music at the Globe.
Ann Alex    

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