The week has started in Newcastle - for my return visit to The Cherry Tree.
|Photo by Lance Liddle|
The evening was reviewed by Lance Liddle - read his review here.
So that was Monday.
Tuesday = college reunion and relaxing with sister, niece and nephew.
Wednesday involved chilling out with another sister (there are 3 altogether: one identical twin and two elder), and singing at a new-ish jam session in Manchester at Indigo. It's run weekly by Ed Kainyek - a terrific saxophonist that I met when I was living in Lancaster.
It is brilliant! Packed to the rafters, bursting with students and older jazzers alike, and quality musician after quality musician getting up to jam.
On Thursday I made a short train journey to Wigan to sing with the Sounds 2000 big band at Wigan Cricket Club. Run by Jim Ashcroft and formed in 2000 (hence the name), I've been invited to sing a few numbers as there is no regular singer with the band.
I was given a lift home to Manchester by the legend that is Ernie Garside - trumpeter with the band. It was a hilarious journey with tales of Johnny Dankworth and playing with Maynard Ferguson, and as much effin' and blindin' as you can fit into 45 minutes. A great way to end my enjoyable week of jazz.