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13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Zoë Gilby & Alan Law: Beatles, Bossa & Beyond @ Jazz Cafe Mezzanine - April 10

Zoë Gilby (vocals); Alan Law (piano)
(Review by Russell)

Down the years BSH correspondents have written reams about Zoë Gilby without, it seems, ever documenting her occasional duo project gigs with Alan Law.This Jazz Cafe Mezzanine appearance was an opportunity to finally catch up with their Beatles, Bossa and Beyond set.

As the big hand approached two o'clock Zoë and Alan took a seat - vocalist Zoë sitting atop a high stool, pianist Alan on a piano stool. And what a scene lay before them - all seats taken with dozens standing and yet more settling down on the stairs! 

GASbook, bossa, Beatles - that the opening sequence to the first set. Caravan (minus the usual party-piece drum solo), Jobim's How Insensitive then Lennon and McCartney's And I Love Her. So this was Beatles, Bossa and Beyond. Zoë introduced Macca's Yesterday suggesting it was probably the Fab Four's (Fab One's?) most famous song. Yes, probably, but perhaps not the best. 

The bossas tended to be ACJ (One Note SambaNo More BluesDindi) and the GASbook selections were choice, if familiar (Do Nothing Till You Hear from MeNature Boy) and the Beatles' numbers, invariably credited to Lennon and McCartney, included Across the UniverseSexy Sadie and Blackbird. Zoë introduced the latter number - more Macca than Lennon and McCartney - which prompted Alan to exclaim: Too many chords! As the big hand approached four o'clock many, too many, Beatles’ numbers hadn't made the set list. The Lennon and McCartney songbook is a weighty tome - Zoë Gilby and Alan Law could be dipping into it for years to come. 
Russell

* BSH Editor-in-Chief will, no doubt, inform readers if this is an inaccurate observation!  
Editor: See review from 2015.     

2 comments :

Mirrors said...

This was an excellent gig. I was entranced and delighted by the interpretations. If you get a chance to catch them again, make it a priority!

Steve T said...

When you consider that George Harrisons are credited to George Harrison, all Beatles songs, with the exception of Day in the Life, were actually Lemon or McCartney. Across the Universe was Lemon.
Tomorrow Never Knows always requires a special mention when discussing this most supremely over-rated pop group (it's doubtful anything in the history of mankind, besides possibly other religious deities, has ever been more over-rated).
While Lemon came up with the melody of the chant, the lyrics were lifted directly from Timothy Leary's translation of Tibetan Book of the Dead and, according to George Martin - who should know, all the bits that separate it from every other Beatles record, were down to McCartney, inspired by Stockhausen and probably Mingus.

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