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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hand to Mouth @ Jazz Cafe Mezzanine - March 27

Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Bradley Johnston (guitar)
(Review by Russell)

The second in a new fortnightly Wednesday afternoon session at Jazz Cafe Mezzanine attracted another good crowd eager to hear Hand to Mouth. The duo comprises the legendary Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass or rather the pairing of Lindsay Hannon and Bradley Johnston. 

Legendary status isn't forged let alone conferred in an afternoon and here on the first floor at Newcastle Arts Centre vocalist Lindsay and guitarist Bradley were about to write another chapter on their way to international stardom...The Very Thought of YouDindiI Wish I Were in Love Again, it had been a good start to the first set. 
Ellington featured throughout the afternoon - All Too SoonI Ain't Got Nothing but the Blues and In My Solitude (first set) and Take Love Easy (second set) - with Lindsay/Ella in fine voice, scatting a little here and there as Bradley/Joe (close your eyes and they're near enough one and the same) gave a fingerstyle jazz guitar masterclass. 

You're Blasé sang Lindsay/Ella, later silencing the clinking afternoon teacups with a hushed take on the precocious Billy Strayhorn masterpiece Lush Life. Pots of tea and mugs of coffee were done, one or two beers too, as Lindsay and Bradley took us up to the four o'clock finish with a couple more standards including yet another highlight - McHugh and Fields' I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby. 
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