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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.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Zoë Gilby Trio @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle - Sept. 13

Zoë Gilby (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (double bass)

Mid September, 20°, clear blue sky, sun shining. It was as if someone had placed an order for an idyllic early autumn day. A capacity, socially distanced audience arrived at St James' and St Basil's Church in Fenham, Newcastle to hear the Zoë Gilby Trio live, in concert for the first time in something like six months. Zoë and the boys - Mark Williams and Andy Champion - played two sets of familiar material, familiar to those who know their standards and APPJAG award-winning vocalist Zoë's original material, much of it written in conjunction with bassist Andy Champion.
In Walked BudMidnight Bell (the first of several original compositions), Leon Russell's A Song for YouIn it Together (comp. Gilby/Champion) and a first set closer, Jules Styne's Time After Time, this was a half hour or so of highly accomplished performance from all three musicians - Gilby's distinctive vocals, Williams' mesmerising guitar accompaniment and ever-inventive solo excursions and Champion's imperious bass playing.

Basking in strong sunshine, no one was going anywhere. A catch up with Hilary and John, Norman, Sylvia, Jeremy and others, all were doing well. In years to come these outdoor, socially distanced performances will be recalled as 'I was there' occasions. 

The first of three Tom Harrell compositions - Moon Alley retitled Shadowed in Solitude to accommodate Gilby's lyrics - resumed matters in St James' and St Basil's spacious grounds. Rhythm-a-ning hit the heights with Champion's virtuosic solo. Red Headed Girl (from the North East of Nowhere) paid tribute to a special member of the Fenham jazz-loving congregation and to close, a good choice, the Harry Edison/Jon Hendricks' classic, Centerpiece. World class performance in the grounds of a Newcastle suburban church, you couldn't make it up. 
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