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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Paul Edis Trio – Jazz Café February 14 – Valentine’s Night

Paul Edis (piano) Mick Shoulder (D. Bass) Adam Sinclair (Drums)
(Review/Photo by Kath Jobes)
Valentines night at The Jazz Café… yep I was there with my mates Emma and Ray… and not a card or flower received by any of us, so we had to reconcile ourselves with some superb jazz.  The Café was tastefully decorated with hearts and flowers, a lovely pink rose on each table and a bowl of heart treats on the bar… cakes and decorated marshmallows, and a special cocktail for the  couples with a wee box of chocolates to share… one each!   On arrival it seemed a little quiet, just a group of students and one other couple… my comment to Kay Tilly was they must all still be having romantic dinners… and so it seemed as later the place filled up nicely with couples and small groups of happy patrons, a different crowd than previously seen at the Café but they seemed to enjoy the music and there was even a request… more of that later.
This talented trio have a residency on the second Friday of each month and as this month that fell on Valentine’s Night, it was the perfect opportunity to play some beautiful tunes.  My Funny Valentine set the theme… and a lovely bass solo brought a smile to my face… a lively Stompin’ at the Savoy was followed by Whisper Not and then came a tune we had to guess the name to… it was L.O.V.E. , Nat King Cole does a lovely version.   The next beautiful tune is a well-known Disney song… When You Wish Upon a Star… with a conversation about which film it was in… Pinocchio of course… dontcha just love Jiminy Cricket?  The final tune of the set was again a romantically themed upbeat version of Days of Wine and Roses, and it really wouldn’t have been the same without the riff of My Funny Valentine.
Set two got off to a joyful start with Clifford Brown’s Joy Spring and Miles Davis’ Milestones hot on its tail.  A soft and gentle Moon River restored us to the romantic theme.  Duke Jordan’s Jordu came next, and then a request for Yasmin… from her fella… ‘cause its her favourite tune… Van Morrison’s Moondance… Mick really loved this one… Not!  Lance, his face was like yours when someone sings Summertime!  The final tune brought a nice anecdote from Paul about how the tune was named, apparently the trombone player saw the music and said, “You don’t expect me to play that at a Moment’s Notice do you?”  Happy Valentines’ Day!
Kath J.

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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.
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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.)
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