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COFID- 19

In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

Today

As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Tonight's Blue Note: John Coltrane - Blue Train

Lee Morgan (trumpet); Curtis Fuller (trombone); John Coltrane (tenor sax); Kenny Drew (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); "Philly" Joe Jones (drums).
(By Lance).

Trane's only Blue Note recording is another album that must be in every jammer's collection as both the title track and Moments Notice are another two tunes (both originals by Trane) that crop up regularly at the Black Swan jams. 

This was the tenor player at his finest before he moved, via Kind of Blue, towards a more 'spiritual' destination. Listen to his ballad reading of I'm Old Fashioned.

On-line teaching, how does it work?

(By Lance)

In the current lock down situation, the internet has become – if possible – even more important than ever and not least from a music perspective. Singers and instrumentalists of all genres have grabbed their slice of cyber cake and streamed it up to us all. Maybe not quite the same as hearing then in a club or a concert hall but needs must…

Many of the performers also teach and offer their expertise on a global scale which again is a great facility however…

If I Were A Bell – yet another song worth singing

(By Ann Alex)

Here I go with another of my occasional pieces about song lyrics. I'd known this song for ages, then one day Paul Grainger told me that it came from the ever-popular 1950's musical Guys And Dolls, sung by a character who was highly religious, but who was led astray by the power of romantic love. She sings this song on hearing church bells ringing.

Bucky Pizzarelli Born January 9, 1926, Paterson, New Jersey, USA. Died April 1, 2020, Saddle River, New Jersey, USA


(An appreciation by Maurice J. Summerfield)

John 'Bucky' Pizzarelli, who died on 1 April from Covid 19 was a seminal figure in the history of jazz guitar.    A quick internet search will bring up many detailed biographies and tributes highlighting Bucky's long and amazing career.    

His first professional job as a musician was in 1944 with Vaughan Monroe’s band.  He then spent many years working with various bands, including those of Skitch Henderson and Doc Severinson, on radio and television.  From the 1960s onwards he was featured in many small and large jazz groups including the Benny Goodman band.  He made two truly wonderful duo LP albums with guitarist George Barnes.

The Isolation Sessions

Jamie Brownfield (trumpet); Mike Smith (bari sax); Tom Kincaid (piano); Grant Russell (bass); Jack Cotterill (drums).
Check out via the Link.
Lance

Bitches Brew takes a Front Row seat

Thursday's edition of Front Row (Radio 4, 7:15pm) marks the 50th anniversary of Bitches Brew. Miles Davis' career took many twists and turns - bop to cool, the Gil Evans' collaborations, the great 1960s' quintet recordings, In a Silent Way, then, fifty years ago, a gatefold, double LP titled Bitches Brew

Ellis Marsalis Jr. - Another victim...

Ellis Marsalis Jr. father to the most famous jazz dynasty of our times died yesterday aged 85 after contracting the virus and being hospitalised.

One of New Orleans' major educators, Ellis was also an outstanding pianist recording many albums as well laying the foundation for four of his six children - Branford, Delfeayo, Jason and Wynton - to achieve international recognition in and beyond the jazz world.

We are becoming immune to shock, or so we thought, but I guess we never will.

May he Rest In Peace.
Lance

CD Review: Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious

Avishai Cohen  (trumpet, effects, synthesizer); Uzi Ramirez (guitar); Yonatan Albalak  (guitar/ bass); Aviv Cohen  (drums);  Ziv Ravitz  (drums/ live sampling).
(Review by Chris K)

An interesting new departure for Avishai Cohen - the trumpeter with ECM that is,  not the bass player of the same name whose 50th birthday (50 gigs in 50 countries) tour is currently in ruins.  Cohen's new band, Big Vicious, is formed from jazz or ex-jazz friends who have moved into pop, rock, fusion or whatever. This departure ends up somewhere I can't accurately place: it's not especially big, or vicious, despite the twin guitar and drummer line up!

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Tonight's Blue Note: Hank Mobley - Soul Station

Hank Mobley (tenor sax); Wynton Kelly (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Blakey (drums).
(By Lance).

After listening to Freddie Hubbard's Open Sesame last night and, subsequently, some of the current stuff going around it reminded me - as if I needed reminding - just how wonderful the Blue Note back catalogue is. So I decided I'd listen to a Blue Note album a night until the world is free when there will be Blue Notes over the white cliffs of Dover, just you wait and see - maybe we could persuade Dame Vera (103 n.o.) to change the lyric of the original. 

My good friend Frank Sinatra...

(By Russell)

The heyday of Jazz North East's Corner House concert promotions included several appearances by Harry 'Sweets' Edison. In 1982 the great American trumpeter performed with the Malcolm Saul Trio, in 1984 'Sweets' returned, this time working with revered guitarist Willie Payne's band, and four years later played to a packed house in the company of the region's first call piano trio, the Billy Harper Trio. Such was the popularity of the genial American he appeared again the following year (1989), this time with the Ronnie Pipe Trio.

Live at Five every day at 17:00 BST from Kansas Smitty's

Every day we find someone super interesting from the Smitty's universe and Giacomo goes in deep. Expect conversations about performance, practice, culture tradition and heritage. It's all live so you can ask your questions too.

This weeks live streams feature: 
31/3 João Caetano - Percussionist and songwriter available to watch now on catch up

1/4 - Honey Boulton - Live from New Zealand. Guitarist and scene hunter. Live at Five tonight

Jazz Ahead! - Updated

(By Russell)


Jazz Ahead! 

The following selective gig list is somewhat speculative but, sooner or later, gig-going will resume. Fingers crossed that some/most/all of the gigs listed will go ahead. Surprisingly the concerts in May are yet to be postponed or rearranged. Contact the venue to confirm the gig is on! 

MAY 2020

MON 4 Shabaka & the Ancestors - Sage Gateshead. 

THU 7 Minnie Fraser Quartet - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Gosforth.

THU 14 Gregory Porter - Utilita Arena, Newcastle. 

THU 14 Martin Taylor & Martin Simpson - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle.  

SAT 30  Paul Edis + Francis Tulip & Ben Lawrence - Sage Gateshead. Solo piano. 

JUNE 2020

THU 11 Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury - Black Swan, Newcastle.

SUN 14 Alice Grace w Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Hoochie Coochie. 5:30pm. Alice sings Ella! Tickets: www.strictly-smokin.co.uk

THU 18 Dean Stockdale Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 

THU 18 Shirley Smart Trio - The Globe, Newcastle. 

THU 18 Jo Harrop w Paul Edis Trio - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham, Newcastle.

FRI 19 Ben Gilbert Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. 

SUN 21 Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Blaydon. Blaydon Jazz Club.

FRI 26 Paul Edis - Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. Solo piano. 

SAT 27 Jazz Jamaica All Stars: The Trojan Story - Sage Gateshead. 

SUN 28 MGB: Milne-Glendinning Band - The Globe, Newcastle. 

JULY 2020

THU 2 Bruno Heinen Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle.

FRI 3 Ben Crosland Quartet - Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre.

SAT 4 Nelson Riddle Orchestra: Frank Sinatra & Friends - Forum Theatre, Billingham. Christopher Riddle (conductor), featuring vocalist Tony Christie. 

THU 9 Hot Club du Nord - Sage Gateshead.

FRI 10 Robert Mitchell - Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. 

SAT 11 & SUN 12 Jazz Stage - Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth. Afternoon, outdoor stage. 

FRI 17 Zoë Gilby Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. 

FRI 17-SUN 19 Summertyne Americana - Sage Gateshead.

SUN 19 River City Hot Six - Black Bull, Blaydon. Blaydon Jazz Club. 

FRI 24 FINNTET - Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. 

AUGUST 2020

SAT 1 Michael Bublé - Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. 

FRI 7 Savannah Jazz Band - Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre.  

THU 13 - SUN 16 Newcastle Jazz Festival. Inc. THU 13 Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Bridge Hotel; FRI 14 Jay Phelps Quartet - Newcastle Civic Centre; SAT 15 All Day Festival (inc. Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio) - Tyne Bank Brewery; SUN 16 TBC. 

SEPTEMBER 2020

THU 10 Abbie Finn Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Rescheduled date.

FRI 11 Jeff Barnhart - Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. American piano virtuoso. 

FRI 11 Tango Jazz Quartet - Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre.

SAT 12 Jeff Barnhart's Silent Comedy Film Festival (reel 3) - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. 
  
THU 17-SUN 20 Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts. Inc. FRI 18 Diáspora (twelve piece Latin, salsa, jazz & funk band). 

FRI 25 Doris Day Story - Customs House, South Shields. Rescheduled date. 

OCTOBER 2020

WED 30 SEP-SUN 4 OCT Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music. Various venues. www.newcastlefestivalofjazzandimprovisedmusic.com 

SAT 3 John Pope Quintet - Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Berwick.

WED 14 Jamie Cullum - Sage Gateshead. Rescheduled date.

TUE 20 Ashley Henry - The Cluny, Newcastle. Rescheduled date.

SAT 24 East Coast Swing Band - The Exchange, North Shields. 

NOVEMBER  2020

FRI 30 OCT-SUN 1 NOV Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party - Village Hotel, North Tyneside.

SAT 7 TJ Johnson - St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.

SAT 7 James Birkett & Emma Fisk - St Andrews Church, Corbridge.

THU 12 Yazz Ahmed Polyhymnia - Sage Gateshead. Rescheduled date. 

SAT 14 Tenement Jazz Band - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.

SAT 14 GoGo Penguin - Sage Gateshead. Rescheduled date.

FRI 20 Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio - Traveller's Rest, Darlington (Opus 4 Jazz Club). 

SAT 21 Hot Club du Nord - The Witham, Barnard Castle.

FRI 27 Hot Club du Nord - St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook.

DECEMBER 2020

SAT 5 River City Hot Six - St Augustine’s Parish Centre. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.

THU 10 Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee.

SUN 13 Hot Club du Nord - Hurworth Village Hall (2:00pm).

FRI 18 Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. First night of two. Always a sell out - book now: www.strictly-smokin.co.uk

SAT 19 Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. Second night of two. Always a sell out - book now: www.strictly-smokin.co.uk

FEBRUARY 2021

SAT 6 Frog & Henry - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Expanded ten piece band from New Orleans! No advance tickets, pay on the door. 

SAT 27 Pete Long w Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Sage Gateshead. Duke Ellington programme!


MARCH 2021

THU 4 Crooners - Gala Theatre, Durham. Rescheduled date. 

SAT 27 Hamish McGregor's 'Barber, Ball & Bilk' - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.

MAY 2021

SAT 1 Jeff Barnhart - St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. 

FRI 21 Andrea Vicari Trio - Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. 

FRI 21 Andrea Vicari Trio - Traveller's Rest, Darlington. Opus 4 Jazz Club. 


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Few Thoughts

(By Lance)

We all have our own ways of dealing with life's ups and downs although currently the downs seem to be winning - or are they? In the world wars we were, like in a Rocky movie, on the ropes until the last round when victory was snatched from the jaws of defeat.

One of the reasons for this is, because although we're only a small island, we always punch above our weight. Another is that we come together in adversity. I was overwhelmed on the night of the clapping and equally so tonight by the concern of my neighbours, worried in case I wasn't getting enough - food that is!

Wallace Roney (May 25, 1960 - March 31, 2020)

Covid - 19 has claimed another victim from the jazz world. Trumpet player Wallace Roney died earlier today having succumbed to complications from the virus.

One of the most outstanding players of his generation, a former Jazz Messenger and the only trumpet player Miles Davis accepted as a student, Roney went on to win DownBeat polls, record many albums as leader as well as recording with others such as Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Williams.

I'm grateful to publicist Lydia Liebman for passing on the sad news  (and the photo) and will add a link when the major obituaries appear.

Wallace Roney was 59.

May he Rest In Peace.

Live in our living rooms - direct from NYC

As of tomorrow there's a whole lot going on in the living rooms of NYC. Chic Corea, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman and Bill Frissell are just some of the artists inviting us to join them.

In the schedule link below the times are EST so if you're intending to watch in the UK just add 5 hours to convert it to BST (GMT is now redundant!)
Link.

Lance.
PS: Enticing as the above is, don't forget there's also plenty stuff going on closer to home.

One Night in Birdland

Fats Navarro (trumpet); Charlie    Parker (alto sax); Bud Powell (piano); Curley Russell (bass); Art Blakey (drums).
  (By David Brownlow)

  In this year of the Centenary of the birth of   Charlie Parker, a chance to look back at a gig       he played when bebop was at its height.

In the bebop era, it was true to say that Bud Powell was not Charlie Parker’s best friend. Furthermore, it was also true that Bud Powell was not Fats Navarro’s best friend either…..Personality clashes, egos, mental health issues and drugs misuse were some of the factors involved in the cut-throat business of the jazz life – putting a band together and keeping it, getting gigs, having a recording contract, going on tour or trying to have any sort of family life were problems to overcome (as now). 

CD Review – “Hybrid Harmony”- RJ & The Assignment

(Review by John Charles)

RJ (Reginald Johnson) is a Las Vegas-based pianist and keyboards player who has put together his band “The Assignment” and regularly plays across a number of Las Vegas venues.

A native of Chicago RJ learnt piano in church and later was classically trained at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas from where RJ secured a Master’s degree in Jazz Piano Performance.  RJ has played with many soul and blues artists including Jennifer Hudson, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy and has recently toured with Boys II Men.

Hybrid Harmony is RJ’s fourth album as leader and is an accessible hybrid mix of jazz and r &b with a soulful slant and a dash of gospel for good measure.  RJ, who looks like a youthful Nile Rogers, wrote and composed seven of the ten tracks on the album which is a mixture of vocal and instrumental tracks and I was particularly drawn to the vocal efforts.

CD Review: Clairdee - A Love Letter to Lena

(Review by Lance)

Although a new name to me, Clairdee has three previous albums to her credit and, on the strength of this tribute to Lena Horne, I guess I'll be checking them out.

When we think of jazz singers, Ella, Billie, Sarah, Anita automatically come to mind. We may pause for a while before we add Lena to the list although she deservedly belongs in that exclusive group. However, she also had pop hits (Love me or Leave me, A New Fangled Tango etc.) as well a Hollywood career and, later, success as a cabaret artist and a TV personality all of which may have served to distance her from the jazz audience if not the performers.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Bombay Jazz

First broadcast on Radio 4 in 2014, Bombay Jazz is a fascinating half hour documentary about the jazz scene in Bombay, India spanning the 1930s through to the post-WWII years. Sarfraz Manzoor travels to India to meet some of those closely associated with the story. Tune to Radio 4 Extra tonight (Monday) at 8:30. 
Russell

The search goes on...

I posted the following item on March 30, 2008 - Hey what do you know? We're now 12 years old!
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A couple of guys have recently told me about a Roland Kirk tape that once was circulating locally. Recorded surreptitiously at a Newcastle Jazz Festival concert back in the 1970s*, because of its elusiveness, it has now taken on a significance similar to that of the legendary Buddy Bolden cylinder. Does anyone know of its continued existence?
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As I say, that was 12 years ago and the tape - if it's still around - would now be 44 years old. Nobody ever owned up to its possession so maybe we should all look in the attic.
Lance
*1976.

Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion Living Room Gig - Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover)

CD Review: Chris Mapp - Stillefelt

Chris Mapp (bass/electronics); Percy Pursglove (trumpet); Thomas Seminar Ford (guitar/ electronics).
(Review  by Richard Waddington).

Chris Mapp has named this band Stillefelt, meaning 'Quiet Field' in Norwegian, to distinguish it from his apparently far more raucous band Gonimoblast.

While it may initially seem like ideal background music, it actually bears concentrated listening and is appropriately short to maintain interest throughout.

Jazzwise have described the band as 'ambient experimentation' and it's only the presence of the trumpet and the pedigree of the three band members which signpost it as jazz, together with a preponderance for free improvisation.

CD Review: George Colligan Trio - Live in Arklow

George Colligan (piano); Darren Beckett (drums); David Redmond (bass).
(Review by Lance)

Jazz piano is in good hands, if you'll pardon the pun, with George Colligan. The 2015 DownBeat Critics Poll winner can evoke the spirit of Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson whilst at the same time not be averse to the influence of contemporary players such as Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner

Recorded live in the Arklow Methodist Church as part of the 2015 Bray Jazz Festival, the one hour set of six tracks includes three Colligan originals, Freddie Hubbard's Up Jumped Spring, Carlos Lyra's The Influence of Jazz and Cole Porter's What is This Thing Called Love?

Sunday, March 29, 2020

CD Review: Al Gold – Al Gold’s Paradise

(Review by John Charles)

New Jersey- based bluesman, Al Gold has brought together an impressive ensemble of musicians all based or connected to New Jersey starting with long-term collaborators: drummer Jerry Cordasco, guitarist Tim Rice and bass player Terry Hemmer from his band The Suburban Rhythm Kings.

New Jersey blues is a new one on me although in truth the album leans heavily towards its Chicago cousin with a large dollop of Americana added for good measure.

Al Gold wrote all the songs citing inspiration from the likes of Otis Span, Big Bill Broonzy, Dave Bartholomew and Buddy Guy.

Helping our Bands and Musicians

(Press release from Northern Jazz Promoters)

During these challenging times, northern jazz bands and musicians  are invited to email Northern Jazz Promoters at: 
rich@northernjazzpromoters.org or rich@norvoljazz.org with the following details, to help with generating an additional income stream. Please restrict your information as requested, as there’s only one person putting it all together:
  1. Name of artist/band.
  2. A link to your main website or Facebook page.
  3. A link to a purchase page or a CD you have for sale.
  4. A link to single track purchases.
  5. A YouTube share link (if no video link, we will accept one photo)
Suggestion: You may like to include a link whereby a person could buy just one track to download (as well as the option to buy a whole album). 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The LOCKDOWN Sessions #1 - Route 66


We're not the type of band where everyone has fancy recording facilities at home, so this is recorded and shot entirely on mobile phones!
Michael Lamb.

Multi-platform jazz

(By Russell)

Today (Saturday 28) J to Z (Radio 3, 5:00pm) presents Kenny Barron in session and at midnight Corey Mwamba's Freeness features music from Byron Wallen's new album Portrait. Over on Radio 4 Yazz Ahmed is a guest on Loose Ends (6:15pm). And a special treat awaits at seven o'clock when trumpeter Enrico Tomasso streams a second Facebook live performance - Friday evening's live stream focussed on Louis Armstrong, this evening's subject is sure to be one of the great names - don't miss it!  

A Stream of Thought

(By Lance)

We know the world has gone mad and that the insanity will increase before it reaches a plateau. In the years following the two world wars society changed and I am sure, it will change again after this current situation resolves.

On the plus side of the present predicament is the solidarity that, however temporary, has brought us all together - within government guidelines - which is in itself a miracle.

Friday, March 27, 2020

The Stream's becoming a river - Enrico Tomasso on Louis Armstrong.

Enrico Tomasso (trumpet).
(By Lance/photo from  Whitley Bay 2015)

A delightful 20 minutes with one of the UK's top hot trumpet players whereby Rico chats about Louis Armstrong and gives some credible interpretations of the great man's classic solos. 

There was a comfortable, homely feel about it and no second takes or digital editing which made this the real deal - warts and all. Not that there were many musical warts. a strangulated high note at the end of a cadenza on Stardust being the most glaring one which Rico laughed off as "That's what happens when you haven't blown for a week!"

Paul Edis: Lockdown Live! - March 27

Paul Edis (piano, vocals)
(By Russell)

The second in an ongoing series of who-knows-how-many Friday lunchtime live stream concerts from Paul Edis' London home proved to be another success - musically of course, but also technically with Edis' (non-existent) backroom team ensuring things ran smoothly during the one hour performance.

Today's concert featured a world premiere, several standards and a few requests from 'back home'...Hi Chris, Jerry, George! Picture quality good, sound equally so, Edis began with Rome Wasn't Built in a Day (including a vocal). The studio director (aka P. Edis) had carefully positioned a tripod to ensure pianist and keyboard were in shot throughout. John Taylor's Consolation (for Chris K), the first of two Monk numbers ('Round Midnight), Edis' Nostaloptimist (for Jerry E), it was almost like being at Newcastle's Lit & Phil or the Gala Theatre, Durham!

Boo! Beware the Jazz Man!

Mitch, streetwise proprietor of Newcastle's Prohibition Bar on Pink Lane, summoned the ghost of the late Keith Crombie to warn off any dodgy characters thinking of getting up to no good in these strange old times. 
Russell

RIP Bill Smith (1926 - 2020)

Bill Smith passed away on February 29 at the ripe old age of 93. One of that rare breed of jazz clarinetists  who blew bebop as opposed to the New Orleans or swing era alternatives adhered to by most  clarinet players of the time.

Smith first came to prominence with the Dave Brubeck Octet, a band that attempted to fuse jazz and classically structured music. It was an interesting conception that didn't quite come off when compared with the later works by Gil Evans, George Russell and John Lewis. Nevertheless, Smith's contribution as an instrumentalist couldn't be faulted and, over the years, he had sporadic reunions with Brubeck.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Paul Edis online

After last Friday's one hour set from his cold water flat - well it was cold water last week, let's hope the boiler has been repaired - Paul Edis steps forth to stream another performance today (March 27) at 1:00pm GMT.

Here's the link which is already counting down.
Lance

Alice Sings, James Swings Honeysuckle Rose - duo performance @ Dorman's Club

Alice Grace (vocals); James Harrison (keys); Russ Morgan (drums, well sort of)
(By Ann Alex/photo courtesy of Ron Hampton)

In these weird times you could do a lot worse than go to Lance's Jazz Indoors or click directly on to the link to Jim Nesbitt's Music On Teesside. On my computer, at any rate, you can get a clip of Alice Grace singing Honeysuckle Rose, and what a superb performance! The introduction from James is full of fancy trills, then Alice sets to work in her honeyed, well-dictioned voice, full of feeling, much pointing to our pianist as he plays in the spaces ('Not Bad' she says), then she gives a welcome to the latecomers, all without missing a beat.

Zoë and Andy update

Andy and I are still doing voice and double bass gigs.

Living Room Gigs on Patreon.

We are trying to keep ourselves financially and creatively solvent in these difficult times, whilst providing our lovely audiences with regular live music. This is how it works:

* One gig (creation) per week in our living room
* Audience (patrons) choose to pay £5 or £3 or £1 per gig. Maximum once per week
* Safe PayPal set up (one payment per month on 1st month)
* Song requests
* Patrons can cancel anytime and set their own financial cap
* Unlimited viewing. Once Patrons have paid for that gig (creation) They can enjoy it again and again. I won’t take them down
* Discounted merchandise

Sign up here and become a Patron
Zoë
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Lance: Photo (courtesy of Ken Drew) was not taken in the couple's living room).

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