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Bebop Spoken There

Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Paul Edis Sextet @ Blaydon Jazz Club. September 15

Paul Edis (keyboards), Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn), Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone & flute), Chris Hibbard (trombone), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell.)
Great North Run day, gusting winds, nights drawing in. Blaydon Jazz Club at the Black Bull would welcome competitors (stragglers), spectators, anyone making their way home. In the event it was the usual suspects, the faithful few who turned out to hear the Paul Edis Sextet.
Established favourites and some newer material entertained the attentive crowd. Better Than a Punch in the Face, Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise and a first airing for Knight Errant reminded the listener of just how good this line-up is. The latter number featured Graeme Wilson on flute and as bandleader Edis remarked: That was something different! Ah Um, a homage to Charles Mingus, heard telling contributions from the immaculate Chris Hibbard (trombone), Edis and bassist Mick Shoulder. An oh, so slow reading of Body and Soul worked well (don’t try this at home – only experienced musicians should handle such sensitive material). A recent Edis composition – Serial Breakfast - owed something to Schoenberg’s twelve tone technique (so said Maestro Edis).During the second set the presence of an upright vacuum cleaner to the side of the stage suddenly became apparent. Such was the rapt attention of your reviewer that this everyday jazz gig paraphernalia had gone unnoticed. Graeme Wilson’s arrangement of Autumn in New York (Autumn in Blaydon, said Edis) heard Graham Hardy’s fine flugel work and another sensitive solo from Hibbard. Edis’ arrangement of Out of Nowhere first encapsulated the band within a band – the swinging piano trio; Edis, Shoulder and the brilliant Adam Sinclair (drums) – then a further Hibbard solo and the sextet. Excellent playing. Vignette for Jean-Marie and Josette, premiered by Edis at Sage Gateshead with youth ensemble Jambone, highlighted his first rate skills as composer and arranger. The Timothys, with its African themes – solos from Hardy, Hibbard and Edis – concluded a first class session.    
Russell.               

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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