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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

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 Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Paul Edis Trio @ The Jazz Café. February 6

Paul Edis (piano), Neil Harland (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell)
First Friday in the month at the Jazz Café usually means one thing – the Paul Edis Trio taking up residency and tonight was no different. One minor difference – Neil Harland depped for regular bassist Mick Shoulder. Familiar faces bagged the ring side seats and we were ready for our monthly treat of world class jazz piano playing.
Beautiful Love opened the show. Nicely warmed up, Edis stretched out on Four on Six and drummer Adam Sinclair took a blast of a solo. Some Jobim, then Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin’s Long Ago and Far Away (Edis keen to point out the writing credit for PRS purposes!) dazzled with a fleeting reference to Joy Spring. A Paul Edis ballad – Vince – received its Jazz Café world premiere. It is sure to be heard again. The first set ended with a flying Lady Bird (with a hint of A Surrey with a Fringe on Top?).
A slamming Pent-Up House announced the second set. Invitation came by way of an on the spot arrangement requiring bassist Neil Harland’s total concentration. Superb jazz! A commissioned ballad – For Kathleen – featured sensitive bass playing from the sight-reading NH. The ballad’s subject was in the house and she was visibly moved by the occasion. Mermeration took as its inspiration the myriad in-flight patterns created by a flock of starlings. Any gig by the Paul Edis Trio is special but this Jazz Café date will live long in the memory for a remarkable Take the A Train. Remarkable in that the tune was taken at a slow tempo offering a new perspective on a classic number. This appeared be a stroke of genius by Edis. At the end of the evening Dr Edis declared that it had been done before – possibly by the Ray Brown Trio. No matter, it was simply wonderful.
Two tunes to finish with – a flying Blue Bossa, followed by a high octane version of   Ornithology. The Paul Edis Trio at the Jazz Café is the best gig in town. 
Russell.

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