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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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Going to Chicago

(By Russell Capone)

The mass hysteria sweeping the globe reached heights of 38,000 feet. High above the Atlantic face masks were in evidence. Just what are these guys afraid of? A cough, a splutter and suddenly the whole world is gripped with fear. Well, there were more important things to think about, such as wondering how many on board the flight to O'Hare International were heading to, whisper it...Bix Fest? 

It was busy in 'cattle class' with face mask and non-face mask wearing types occupying most of the many hundreds of seats. A Hawaiian surfer dude (he had the t-shirt saying so), weary business types, on-a-budget students, Mid West sorts - the sort who had enjoyed one too many triple cheese burgers and were looking forward to another one in the Windy City. 

Time for some in-flight entertainment. The music play list included no fewer than 39 jazz albums. Earphones in, first choice - Bebop Professor by the one and only Dizzy Gillespie & his Orchestra! Anthropology52nd Street Theme, classic after classic. What a great band! As Jumpin' with Symphony Sid roared, one wondered how many aboard voted for Dizz as President? Imagine, if Dizzy had made it to the White House the world would have been a better place. Oop Bop Sh' Bam! 

It was eight o'clock in the evening back home in Newcastle (an indeterminate time midway across the Atlantic), time for Paul Grainger to get the Black Swan jam session under way. Who'd turn up this week? Logging on to BSH to read LL's review will be a priority on arrival at O'Hare International. 

Up in the bright blue yonder the most wonderful views of a snow covered Newfoundland (see photo) were accompanied by another music selection - Theo Croker's Star People Nation. An excellent album, Just Let it Ride and The Messenger two stand out tracks. Croker will be at Gateshead Jazz next week. 

Several albums (several hours) later...our Aer Lingus pilot informed us we would soon begin the descent into Chicago! 
Russell

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