Reviews

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. . . We really enjoyed your sessions and it was amazing the atmosphere you created with just three instruments. I am not a jazz fan but I was enthralled by the sheer musicianship of you all and you made it a very lovely way to spend a few hours. Hope you had a safe trip home! Thanks again, (Sandra and Phil, Geddington Village Hall, 13th May 2016)

“Wow…. I have fallen in love with music all over again, amazing night 14th May. I want your amazing new album and I will definitely come listen again.Thank you also for teaching my 8 year old true music . . .” (Helen Crouch, Bagworth Community Centre, 14th May 2016)

” We went to see Stephane Grappelli in 1982 – and you really do him justice!” (Dave Roberts, Helmsley Arts Centre, February 2016)

“Great Music, full house! What more could we ask for?” (Chris Sherburn, Event management, Newcastle Jazz Cop-op, February 2016)

“What an astoundingly good night! So sad I had to leave early. Will definitely be back for more. Thank you guys!” xx (Helen Shephardson Newcastle Jazz Co-op, February 2016)

“Great night – really enjoyed it! I’m sure the rest of the tour will go with a swing… “(Ellen Phethean, Newcastle Jazz Co-op, February 2016)

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Andy Lawrenson Trio – February 6

Andy Lawrenson (violin, vocals); Simon O’Byrne (guitar, vocals); Paul Carroll (upright bass, piano) + Also guests Stu Finden (soprano sax) Fiona Finden (vocals)

(Review by Ann Alex)

“This was described by the band as their Stephane Grappelli show, so we held on to our hats (should it be berets?) for an evening of stonking, swinging Grappelli/Reinhardt gypsy jazz.  A large audience (donate more chairs?) heard such numbers as My Dear Mr Shane (Mei Bir Mist Du Schoen), sung by Andy; Tea For Two, with its beautiful verse from the guitar, main theme from a luscious-sounding violin, and loads of improvisation all round.

That’s just a small sample of what we enjoyed: other numbers included Reinhart’s 1940s tune Nuages; a 1937 tune of just introduction and chords, the band make up the rest: I Can’t Give You Anything But Love; It Don’t Mean A Thing; Honeysuckle Rose; How High The Moon; Misty; a very dramatic Jealousy tango; Besame Mucho. For good measure, to show what the fiddle could do, we had the well known Caprice No. 24(Paganini), with Paul using the piano as a bass line.  I especially liked the slightly husky tone of Simon’s voice on Misty and Besame Mucho. Sorry about any tunes I’ve missed or mistitled, but I was also counting the money we’d taken – we volunteers get to do all sorts.

Then came the surprise guests, the Findens, to join the band for the mad lyrics of Bernie’s Tune (twangy guitar and Fi scatting) and also Lester Leaps In.

This was when I leapt out to catch the Metro. Another night of wonderful music at the Globe.”

Ann Alex    

“The performance had everything, entertainment, laughter, warmth, insight into musical history and above all highly skilled musicianship and beautiful atmospheric music. . .  (Bruce Knight, Artistic Director, Spilsby Theatre)

I smiled from start to finish – still smiling now! . . . (Katherine, Skirwith Village Hall)

“We thoroughly enjoyed Friday night, I have had nothing but positive feedback and happy comments. One lady said it was like sitting outside a French cafe in the sunshine, you must have made a good impression to achieve that effect in winter in a village hall!  . . . . . . . Thanks to you we are now regarded as a hall worth coming to, have had several enquiries about our next event.”   Louise, Santon Bridge Village Hall,  February 2015

“The gig was a stormer, you got our first ever standing ovation!”  James Smith, Events organiser, Newcastle Lit & Phil, January 2015

“A veritable smorgasbord of European Jazz, Classical and Gypsy Music . . . ” Cumberland Herald, October 2014

“Absolutely Fabulous! I smiled from start to finish, still smiling now . . . ” Skirwith Village Hall October 2014

“I knew you were going to be really good as soon as you walked on stage. . . . not only were you fantastic musicians, you were also brilliant entertainers . . .” Granary Theatre, October 2014

“The performance had everything, entertainment, laughter, warmth, insight into musical history and above all highly skilled musicianship and beautiful atmospheric music. A brilliant tour of Europe in sound!” Bruce Knight, Artistic Director, Spilsby Theatre, July 2014

 


 

imagesStephane Grappelli was at the forefront of Jazz violin for over 60 years. Originally making his name in 1930’s pre-war Paris with the legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhard, through to international touring in the 1960’s, 70’s,and 80’s, and finally to his much lamented death in the mid 1990’s at the age of 89.

Over this time he played on literally hundreds of recordings with artists such as Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, and Martin Taylor to name but a few. A popular partnership with the classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin captured the public’s imagination and made Stephane Grappelli a household name – Arguably, he enjoyed a unique role as the only Jazz violinist to ever achieve international fame, with frequent concerts and TV appearances throughout the 1970’s and 80’s, and a Grammy lifetime achievement awarded just after his death in 1997.

The STEPHANE GRAPPELLI STORY featuring the ANDY LAWRENSON TRIO have made a bold and adventurous tribute to the life and music of the great musician. With interplay between Violin, Upright Bass and Guitar, expect to hear such greats as “Minor Swing” and “Sweet Georgia Brown” from the Django Years, through to Grappelli’s unique arrangements of “ It had to be You” and “Honeysuckle Rose”. Of course Grappelli also worked with singers, so songs such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “Misty” feature in the set, you may also hear some of Grappelli’s own compositions.

With sensitive, inspired arrangements, delivered with skill, spirit and plenty of banter between band members and audience, this show promises to provide a moving, enjoyable and memorable night’s entertainment which brings back echoes of a truly great Violinist and Musician.