GCT Jazz Club presents
MINNIE FRASER QUARTET
Original date Thursday 7 May, 2020.
£8, £5 under 18s Plus booking fee when buying online
Minnie Fraser – vocals
Stuart Collingwood – piano
Paul Grainger – double bass
Rob Walker – drums
Steve Summers – tenor/soprano sax
The Minnie Fraser Quartet return to Gosforth Civic Theatre with more songs from the Great American Song Book and this time they bring with them special guest saxophonist Steve Summers.
The popular music of the early 20th Century has an enduring appeal with many songs having been recorded numerous times by different artists over the years. The band perform beautiful ballads, heart-rending blues and joyful, foot-tapping swing including familiar favourites and some less well-known numbers. The repertoire includes songs written by the great composers and lyricists such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Jimmy van Heusen and Hoagy Carmichael.
Minnie started her musical career as a folk musician, playing fiddle and singing in the Border Crossing Ceilidh Band and Canny Crack, a Northumbrian folk entertainment band. She has sung with the Minsteracres Rubato Singers with a wide repertoire of classical choral and jazz performed to audiences in the UK and US. Minnie began singing jazz about ten years ago and has developed a repertoire of tuneful songs that appeal to all generations. She has performed at a variety of venues including the Globe, Gosforth Civic Theatre and Crowne Plaza in Newcastle.
Steve has played sax around Newcastle since being in his teens. He is into a wide variety of music, but loves jazz the most. You’ll most often find him on lead alto in the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band nowadays, but tonight he gets the chance to play his tenor.
Paul is a long-established musician who has played a wide range of jazz, including swing, Latin and Gitan. He enjoys playing in a number of trios accompanying singers, playing standards from the Great American Songbook, including this band with Minnie.
Stuart started playing music at a young age and in the 80’s and 90’s he led Beep Bap Bop; The Hairstyles and Sneck. He had residencies at the Corner House, Broken Doll and Jazz Café. He has performed at the Newcastle Jazz Festival with The Hairstyles and The Gateshead International Jazz Festival with Extreme Measures. He has played with many well-known jazz musicians such as Tommy Smith, Greg Abate, Elaine Delmar, Alan Barnes, John Etheridge, Mark Knightingale, Ian Carr and Lenny Bush. Current work includes regular work with saxophonist Snake Davis and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra.
Rob’s 30 years as a professional musician have taken him to all corners of the globe. He has worked with many international acts, Broadway and West End theatre companies. He has also performed at many national and international Jazz festivals. He is currently part of the teaching staff at the Sage Gateshead.