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The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Paul Edis Sextet @ Gala Theatre, Durham, Mr Hipster tour, October 13

Paul Edis (piano), Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn), Graeme Wilson (tenor & baritone saxophones), Kieran Parnaby (trombone), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by JC).
As BSH has already reviewed the Sextet's Mr Hipster CD and the album launch at Sage Gateshead, there is not an awful lot left to say except that everything Lance and Russell have said is true. What a great band, playing great compositions!
Durham is Paul Edis's home town so when the album review says that the opening number The Timothys has a township groove, this township is Durham. The band leader was in chatty form and opened his remarks by explaining that this concert was part of the Mr Hipster tour and naturally enough asked how many hipsters were in the hall. Of course, the jazz fans of Durham are far too hip to respond to that kind of question and I would have thought that less than half the audience put up their hands.
The sextet played most, if not all, of the tracks from the album and what comes across is the complexity and diversity of the musical inspirations for the pieces and the structure and coherence of the musical composition. The musical fun of Mr. Hipster, the exotic feel of Eastern, the Spanish tinge to Knight Errant; all are played with solos of consummate precision and a terrific ensemble sound. The track based on a twitter interaction with John Prescott (can he really have 100,000 twitter followers as PE suggested? who could they be?) Better than a Punch in the Face is counter pointed by the Mingus inspired Ah Um who Edis said might wade in the audience and punch someone who was talking too loud - better no talking than a punch in the face, maybe? Then there was Serial for Breakfast inspired by Arnold Schoenberg during which a moth appeared fluttering over the stage, presumably the spirit of Schoenberg checking out on how the band was doing. After about 30 seconds it flew off, no doubt more than satisfied. Dorian Grey was a cautionary tale about an ageing hipster and the sextet also played a tune from the first album for Mr. Edis senior, Blues for Dad, although surely it should have been Blues for Daddio in this context.
Throughout, the playing of Paul Edis was exemplary, particularly on the romantic Missing You and a touch of stride on Ah Um. He also played an exceptional solo piece, The Skye Boat Song, which was a nod towards the political excitement of the Scottish referendum.
As has been said, the sextet is full of great musicians and the solos from all of them were top drawer. At the end it was announced that the trombone player, Kieran Parnaby, was deputising at short notice and I have to say he did a great job. The setting of the Gala Theatre was very good with the band filling the stage and while some recent jazz gigs have featured multiple videos and all kinds of technological gizmos the Gala outdid them all with the most dry ice I've seen outside of a Tynemouth sea fret.
The sextet is on again in Hexham tonight (Saturday October 18). Not to be missed!
JC.
ps: The album is terrific!

1 comment :

Hugh said...

Great gig in Hexham too. No hipsters in the audience. The only ice was wet, and was in the drinks.

Paul and the boys were on fine form. Being held in the Little Angel Cafe, rather than the Queen's Hall, there were one or two residual diners, who continued to talk through the music. No punches thrown though! Luckily for the rest of us, they left before the second set.

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