Bassist Nicola starts her season in style with a super sing in Zing
Andrew Hall played his penultimate Memories of New Orleans gig of 2013 at The Strait & Narrow Bar in Lincoln last Sunday to great critical acclaim from all of his many fans, both old and new, that were in attendance.
What a professional and talented piano player Andrew is, and he received great backing on tenor and clarinet from the multi-talented Roger Bird who was also responsible for some fine renditions of old and loved classic songs from this side of the Mississippi River.
Exceptional versions of The Tommy Dorsey evergreen Sunny Side of the Street contrasted with the slower Tennessee Waltz, while even Glenn Miller got a look in with Tuxedo Junction.
The final 2013 gig is again at The Strait & Narrow Bar on Sunday November 3 from 7pm and they hope to return in the spring.
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On Friday at Lincoln's The Zing Bar of LPAC, the exceptionally talented Nicola Farnon played her first autumn gig of the weekly Commuter Jazz season, backed by Andy Chorleton on piano and Steve Smith on the drums.
What is it about this multi-talented bass player and charismatic Chanteuse that makes her so popular?
I and many others think that it all boils down to pure unadulterated talent and the feeling you get when you hear her sing that this is the first time she has performed that particular number, and she is singing it just for you.
Be it a classic from the Great American Songbook or a tune from a musical the attention to detail is faultless. From her opening number This Can't be Love written by Rodgers and Hart back in 1938 to her closing number, of Irvin Berlin's Cheek to Cheek, which was performed in the 1935 film Top Hat staring Fred and Ginger, we the audience were as the lyrics say In Heaven, I'm in Heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak with two hours of pure magic, and boy does she work hard at every concert.
So much so that she was so drained, she did not feel able to perform her usual encore.
New numbers I had not heard Nicola sing, or the trio play before, included Surry with the Fringe on Top from the 1945 musical Okalahoma, that was to change the face of musicals for 20 years, and Andy chose to play the tune that is forever associated with the Civil Rights Movement I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free as his solo.
The trio were faultlessly able to switch from Antonio Carlos Jobing's up-tempo One Note Samba, which is based on a melody line of a series of single notes played to a Bosa Rhythm, which was expertly laid down by Steve Smith, to the slow Harold Arlen tune written pre-war of Let's Fall in Love, which by this time we all had done.
These early evening free concerts are just the thing to set you up for the challenges of a weekend, and are growing in popularity week by week, as the start time, of 5pm, suits many workers, and you can catch Nicola yourself either at The Conservative Club in Grantham on October 17 or when she returns to LPAC on November 22.
This was a superb evening of jazz, performed by a trio of exceptionally talented musicians, ably led by Nicola who must be the best thing to come out of Market Lavington in Wiltshire, since it's delicious ham! She is fantastic to listen to and a joy to behold.