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13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 25: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

BSH Interviews Zoë Gilby

(Interview by Russell/ Photo from GIJF 2018 courtesy of Ken Drew)
On Friday (June 1) you have the honour, alongside Andy Champion (pictured), of opening this year’s DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival. Your voice and double bass duo set is well suited to a smaller, intimate space, and Friday’s concert in the atmospheric setting of Durham Castle’s Norman Chapel has all the makings of a memorable evening. The building dates from about 1080. Can you recall playing in such an ancient venue?

We are super excited to be opening the festival and performing our voice and double bass duo in the Norman Chapel. I understand it is the first time it has been used as a venue for the festival, so it’ll be a pretty special occasion. We haven’t performed in anywhere so ancient with such a rich history. As part of the Ellington Sacred Concerts in 2017, I performed with Jambone in the astonishing St Cuthbert’s Chapel at Ushaw College (dating back only to 1808 I believe). The acoustics and ambiance were unbelievable. My quartet often performs around the country as part of the rural touring scheme. Some of those venues have been beautiful village churches, tucked away in the countryside. I think it’s fantastic that these amazing spaces are being transformed into venues and that we have the opportunity to perform there too. Durham’s Norman Chapel on Friday 1st June is going to be epic!!


Earlier this year Gateshead and Darlington, Durham this week, later in the year Ushaw, Newcastle and Whitley Bay (and an as yet unannounced Teesside event), jazz festivals appear to be thriving! 
You’re well acquainted with the jazz scene in the north east of England. The demise of Jazzaction (the regional jazz development agency), never-ending ‘austerity’ cuts, many promoters existing on shoestring budgets, are you surprised that new festivals and venues (seemingly against all odds!)  continue to emerge?

No, I’m not surprised but I am beyond impressed. The dedication and hard work it requires to successfully organise any live music event especially on the level of DJazz is astounding. The quality and diversity of DJazz festival programming is exceptional and thankfully there are many other festivals and venues like it across the UK. As long as there are musicians to perform, promoters willing to organise and the audiences who are thirsty to experience live music, then it doesn’t matter what budget cuts are made. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

You maintain a number of projects – Family Jazz All-Stars, Pannonica, Watching Sideways, Rural Touring, Newcastle University Group, not to mention duo, trio and quartet gigs – ranging from solo to large ensemble performances. Does any particular one take priority or are you happy to mix and match?

All of the projects are very special to me. They each give me a unique creative outlet to express myself. Having a strong band of musicians to work with on these projects is so important too. Not to mention all of the wonderful different performance settings I have had the pleasure to showcase these projects. Churches, schools, art centres, libraries, you name it, the list goes on. It’s never a dull life.

Beatles Bossa and Beyond is your duo gig with pianist Alan Law (next one National Glass Centre, Sunderland on July 20) must be fun. How did it come about?

I’ve known and worked with Alan for a few years now, performing the Great American Songbook. We were asked by Jazz Cafe to perform as a duo a couple of years back and we decided to make it “a thing” Often Alan and I would talk about how excellent The Beatles catalogue is and how brilliant it would be to give them our own treatment and perform them. It’s seemed like a no-brainer. We compiled a list of some of our favourite Beatles tunes, arranged them and thanks to the quality of the original compositions (thanks to Lennon/McCartney) we were able to generate our own sound. Very much like the Great American Songbook, a huge collection of songs that act as a blank canvas for our musical expression. We’re really excited to be performing at National Glass Centre in July. It’s another fabulous space.

Speaking of the duo format…the great Sheila Jordan had something to do with the development of your voice and bass duo with Andy Champion. You have been fortunate to spend time with Sheila. On stage she comes across as a warm, encouraging individual. Is she much the same off stage?

She is brilliant! An inspiring educator as well as being a legendary jazz artist. So encouraging, she really knows how to light the fire within the vocalist and the musicians. Her wealth of experience, her personality, her humour just warms your heart and makes you want to push yourself and be fearless. With Sheila’s guidance, anything is possible.
As a globetrotting musician you must be looking forward to the Jazz in July Festival on Crete, then the little matter of a tour of Ukraine! How does it work…fly in, hire a car and hit the road?

It’s really quite bonkers. Planes, trains and automobiles. I am so blessed to get these opportunities to travel and share our music abroad. A little nerve-wracking too, flight schedules, lost luggage, a lot can go not exactly to plan but it’s always 100% worth it. Seize the chances and live for the moment on and off stage. The adventure is what life is all about.

A favourite of Bebop Spoken Here is the too-little-heard trumpeter Noel Dennis. It is good to see a Tom Harrell project is in the offing. Tell us about your involvement?

Noel Dennis is an incredible musician and a joy to work with. He has suggested putting together a Tom Harrell project for ages. Tom Harrell is Noel’s trumpet/flugelhorn/composer hero. His body of work is so lyrical and melodic, Noel has always felt that it is crying out for a vocal interpretation. I love to compose lyrics and this venture is no exception. Debuting at the 2nd Newcastle Jazz Festival on Saturday 6th October with a spectacular band. Mark Williams on guitar, Andy Champion on double bass and of course Noel Dennis on trumpet and flugelhorn.

Three albums in - Now That I Am Real, Looking Glass and Twelve Stories - is there another one in the pipeline? What can you tell us about Living in Shadows or are you keeping it under wraps?

Andy and I indeed have a new project in the pipeline. We’re buzzing about it. A new direction, a new sound. All original compositions and it is mind blowing how it is coming together. It’s our next musical chapter.... watch this space.


Thanks Zoë, we’ll see you at DJazz (Friday June 1) in Durham Castle!  

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