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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guests Don Fairley (trombone) & Maureen Hall (vocals).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Lit & Phil - Dec 7

Zoë Gilby (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (double bass); Russ Morgan(drums)
(Review by Russell)

A cold but dry Friday afternoon with Christmas just around the corner didn't deter the Lit and Phil's regulars from turning out for their monthly lunchtime jazz fix. 

An unforgiving parking meter (time up at one minute past two for one of the musicians) necessitated a prompt one o'clock start. From Take Five to Caravan, vocalist Gilby presented an entertaining hour of standards, left field popular numbers and a swinging take on Monk's Think of One.  

A seasonal reference or two - April Mist (comp. Tom Harrell) and Autumn Serenade (comp. Peter de Rose/lyrics Sammy Gallop) either side of Rodgers and Hart's I Didn't Know What Time it Was shaped a varied set list with guitarist Mark Williams in restrained mode as was fellow virtuoso, bassist Andy Champion. Gilby's recall of a lyric as impressive as ever (song sheets nowhere to be seen) and assured stage presence (as good as any vocalist on the scene) held the audience rapt for the one hour set. As the parking meter ticked on - time waits for no one - Joni Mitchell's Mingus-inspired Dry Cleaner from Des Moines lit-up a midwinter day. A slinky after-the-watershed Some Cats Know escaped the tut-tut censor and it was left to Russ Morgan's superb brushwork to usher in the set closer - Juan Tizol's Caravan
Russell

1 comment :

JERRY said...

Loved the gig! Set-list full of surprises (as ever): Joni Mitchell and Charles Mingus? Who knew? Not this jazznoramus,for sure! Last time out I raved about Red Right Hand - this time we got Peter Gabriel's Mother of Violence: more enigmatic lyrics and dramatic delivery. Thanks, Zoe (and the band)!
JERRY

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