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April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Live stream @ Ronnie Scott's - Polly Gibbons w. James Pearson Trio - August 24

Polly Gibbons (vocal); James Pearson (piano); Tom Mason (bass); Saleem Ramon (drums).

Remembering Polly's knockout gig with SSBB at Hoochie back in 2018, I looked forward to her live stream at Ronnie's. I checked in at Facebook - briefly - before, along with other disgruntled punters, we made our way to the warm, inviting arms of YouTube.

Polly was on stage, exquisitely gowned and trainered, singing Don't Be on the Outside. I remembered this as a bonus track from her album Is It Me? - It was her alright and, once I'd wiped the traces of F/b off my shoes I settled back to enjoy a splendid session. I sighed when the camera angled to shoot from James Pearson's left hand. In the distance you could see the very bar stool where I'd sat so many times - I wanted to be sitting there tonight.


The songs rolled so beautifully off her tongue and from the fingers of the boys.

Your Love is Enough For me; Say, Will You Be Mine?; Oh What a Beautiful Morning; Comes Love - this was a killer! voice and bass intro, clever update to lyric: 

Comes a Covid you can quarantine a room, Comes a mousie you can hit it with a broom: Comes love etc. Some fab piano from Pearson - tell me what's new?

A little funky number was how Polly described A Little Funky Number which was an apt description. Saleem took a drum solo that threatened to last forever as drum solos often, and sometimes do. Half of the audience (when there is an audience) gasp in awe and the other half go to the bar.  Despite my decision to open a virtual can, I think it was maybe 60-40 pro Saleem.

Then came the clinchers - the extra time goals that move your team into Europe.

Prince's Nothing Can Compare to You was good, I Want a Little Sugar in my Bowl even sweeter and Anything Goes simply fantastic. This was the ball that hits the back of the net from 40 yards out!

Oh yes, and just to clinch matters,  a groove on Swanee River made sure the world wasn't sad and weary - at least the old folks at home in this house weren't!
Lance

1 comment :

Russell said...

Agreed - Comes Love was tremendous with Pearson's piano playing a match for anyone.

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