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SEPTEMBER

IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON

THURSDAY 24

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Abbie Finn Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 7:30pm. Donations on the night. To book a table (max four people from one household/support bubble) visit: www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00pm - 10pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 25

SouLutions Sistas - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (7:00pm doors). £10.00. SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 26

Boys of Brass - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. 7:00pm. £10.00. + £1.37 bf for table for two. Other packages available. See www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk.

SUNDAY 27

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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.


Clairdee makes no attempt to sound like Lena - who could? However, she is a distinctive stylist in her own right and, like Lena, very much a civil rights activist. 

There are also interludes of quotes from Lena, narrated very effectively by Margo Hall, that add a sense of theatre to the album and, overall, I think it is an album that the lady herself would have given a nod of approval.

Regina Carter guests on Believe in Yourself - a track that erupts into a gospel inspired frenzy. The backing trio are solid throughout and the backing vocals add to the ambiance but the star, apart from the legacy of Lena Horne, is Clairdee. A soulful voice, rich and resonant I think I'll subtitle this review as "A (musical) Love Letter to Clairdee" 

Old Devil Moon; Home (spoken interlude); I Got a Name; Maybe; Hollywood (spoken interlude); Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child; Seminar With Drinks (spoken interlude); I Want to be Happy; Soul Mates (spoken interlude); Something to Live For; I'm Free (spoken interlude); Believe in Yourself; The Movement (spoken interlude).

Clairdee (vocal); Jon Herbst (piano/keys); Ron Belcher or Doug Miller  (bass); Deszon Claiborne or Lance Dresser (drums); John Hoy or Dave Bell (guitar); Mario Guarnieri (trumpet); Charles McNeal (tenor sax); Philip Santos (violin); Emily Onderdonk (viola); Paul Hale (cello); Ashling Cole, Bryan Dyer, Zoe Ellis (backing vocals); Tony Lindsay, Janice Maxie-Reid, Kenny Washington (guest vocalists); Regina Carter (violin); Margo Hall (narrator).

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