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Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).

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Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Sunday June 17

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Get in the Band rehearsal - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 10:00am-6:00pm. First of two rehearsals under the direction of Chris Sharkey (second rehearsal Thurs 21 June, 6:00-10.00.pm) culminating in three performances in a day on Sat 23 June - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station, 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed.

Big Gig in the Park: Durham Music Service Ensembles - South Park, Parkside, Darlington DL1 5TG. 12 noon.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU. 1:30pm. Diners’ gig.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Jazz Jam - Head of Steam, Reform Place, Durham DH1 4RZ. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. Last one before the Summer recess.

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

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Paul Edis Trio - Jazz Café April 11

Paul Edis (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
The Jazz Café had a fair smattering of punters in tonight. Some stayed, some left and there was much shifting around of seats before, eventually, we got our favourite pew 'twixt bar and piano.
In recent weeks, "The Caff" has seen no small percentage of the area's top pianomen in the spotlight. Collingwood, Gilligan, Glen, Harrison, Law and tonight Edis.
We are truly blessed in this neck of the woods to have so many magnificent manipulators of the well-tempered clavichord except this one tonight was a slightly ill-tempered Hyundai! If it was an Hyundai car it wouldn't have passed its MOT!
Paul Edis, to his credit, coped brilliantly and perhaps gave credence to the popularity of electric pianos and not just for the portability aspect.
However, that is by the by, the trio were magnificent. The locked hands block chord solo by Paul on Good Bait would surely have met the approval of the composer Tadd Dameron who I'm sure met up with far worse pianos in his days on the road. It was in Good Bait that I first noted the piano's quirkiness. Can Paul really be hitting a bum note every time on a number he must have played so often? then I realised it was to avoid the offending (was it c or c#? my ears aren't that good!) note.
There also seemed to be an occasional animal like sound emanating from the beast - at first I thought Paul was doing some Erroll Garner type grunting (Garner could have given lessons to Serena Williams on grunting!) but no, it was the piano.
Bossman Mike will no doubt be on the phone to a piano tuner (who does one phone now that Mick Danby's gone?) to prepare the instrument for its next opponent.
Having said all that, bum note or no bum note, this was a tremendous session with the trio firing on all cylinders and Edis at the top of his game - is he ever any less?
On drums, Adam Sinclair swung like the proverbial and his solo on Edis' Angular was certainly that!
Mick Shoulder rounded off this A list rhythm section. No histrionics, just sympathetic bass playing and meaningful melodic solos.
Lance.

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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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