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Thursday 6: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free. OUTDOOR gig.

Monday, July 06, 2020

Livestream: Ronnie Scott's All Stars - 'The Sound Of Soho'. July 6

Natalie Williams (vocal); James Pearson (piano); Sam Burgess (bass); Chris Higginbottom (drums); Alex Garnett (tenor sax).

The previous post will tell you what this was all about and it was indeed a fine session even though I didn't catch everything due to some technical issues that Facebook and I have yet to resolve. I guess I'm a YouTube man through and through!

Still, freezing picture frames notwithstanding, I enjoyed the band and Natalie's singing - reminding me of that great evening, some years back, at Hoochie Coochie when she wowed the crowd.


The house band, led as always by James Pearson, were unfazed by the empty room - jazz guys are used to it albeit very rarely at Ronnie's! Some great tenor from Alex Garnett with superb back up from Sam Burgess and Chris H but Natalie was the showstopper delivering knockout versions of, among other things, I Cried For You, Thou Swell, The More I See You, What a Diff'rence a Day Made and a Gillespie Afro-Cuban number that I recognised but didn't nail.

Here's to the next one.
Lance

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