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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Tessa Smith Band @ Seven Arts, Leeds - May 23

Tessa Smith (vocals); Anna Chandler (alto sax); Jason Scott (piano); Sam Jackson (bass); John Arneson (drums)

The livestreams and the live gigs seem to be working well together. Last night we had the 606 and Kansas Smitty's and, today, this afternoon, a JazzLeeds promo at Seven Arts kept the ball rolling, a ball that will continue to keep on rollin' tonight at the Globe in Newcastle, a place not too far removed from where today's star was born.

Tessa Smith, originally from Hexham, or thereabouts, studied at Leeds College of Music and has since been making waves on the vocal jazz scene both in Leeds and elsewhere including some very prestigious venues. Apart from the voice, her easy chatty intros to the songs reveal an infectious personality that immediately draws the listener in. 

Today's two hour session (twenty minute interval) included some tried and tested standards that were impeccably sung alongside four excellent players all of whose names were new to me albeit not any longer.

Particularly impressive was Anna Chandler on alto who soared like an early Art Pepper or Paul Desmond - keep an eye out for her, she's the absolute real deal.

Likewise Jason Scott on piano hit all the right notes in all the right places - he's another comer.

With Jackson and Arneson holding it all together this was as good a way as any to spend a Sunday afternoon. Lance

First set: Almost Like Being in Love; Makin' Whoopee; Feelin' Good (in 3/4); When You're Smiling;  'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do (tribute to Bessie and Billie); How High the Moon? (tribute to Ella w. scat choruses); The Folks Who Live on the Hill (tribute to Peggy); Shout, Sister, Shout; Mr Bojangles.

Second Set: Happy Day Medley (This is a Very Special Day/It's a Lovely Day Today/It's a Good Day) You've Got a Friend in Me; All of Me; East of the Sun; Girl Talk; A Spoonful of Sugar (Julie Andrews it wasn't!); Everytime we Say Goodbye; Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone.

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