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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Zoë Gilby: Pannonica @ The Fox Inn, Hexham - May 23

Zoë Gilby (vocals), Paul Edis (keyboards) & Andy Champion (double bass)
(Review by Russell)
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Village Vanguard. Tonite, all the way from Newcastle upon Tyne, England, we have a wonderful trio to play for you. Please give a Big Apple welcome to Zoë Gilby, Paul Edis and Andy Champion! 
A sweltering early summer evening down in the village, the habitués of the West End Terrace monthly jazz session were hearing Zoë Gilby for the first time.
It’s a long way from Zoë Gilby’s Tyneside base to the Fox Inn way out west. It was only a matter of time before the acclaimed vocalist would make her debut at this ace jazz club. No $10.00 minimum at the bar here! Two sets, then downtown to take the late nite subway home. It would be worth the journey.
In Walked Bud sang Gilby with her trademark ‘Pann-on-ica’ enunciation right on the money. Lyrics to most of tonite’s tunes were written by Jon Hendricks, the piano playing was largely down to Paul Edis with a little help from TS Monk. The bass player didn’t require any help. First call to all out-of-towners, Andy Champion is the man. Ask Me Now, Ugly Beauty (Gilby’s observation that this was Monk’s one and only waltz) and Blue Monk with Abbey Lincoln’s lyrics, this was Ms Gilby sockin’ it to the village faithful.
MC Michael Cunningham commented on the first set: This is the first time I’ve heard a pin drop in the Fox. Yes, Gilby, Edis and Champion were wowing the West End Terrace crowd alright. Hey!  Bartender …gimme another Deuchar’s.
Brilliant Corners, Rhythm-a-ning (Champion’s sit-up-and-take-notice solo), Think of One, tomorrow morning’s New York Times would surely acclaim Gilby’s NYC debut. An ‘in-the-palm-of-her-hand’ ‘Round Midnight nothing short of sensational, Gilby was in the home straight. Straight No Chaser: a bit of fun, said our vocalist. Hear that pin drop.
Hey! Wake up buddy, it’s the end of the line said the guard. Huh? Oh, yeah. Zoë Gilby was singing down in the village. NYC, you know? The guard was having none of it. This ain’t New York, buddy, you’re in Newcastle. That’s Newcastle, ENGLAND! Oh, yeah, but one day…
Russell                         

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