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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Paul Edis Trio @ The Cherry Tree, March 11

 Paul Edis (piano); Roly Veitch (guitar/vocal); Neil Harland (double bass).
(Review by JC).
As BSH had intriguingly advertised the Wednesday night gig at the Cherry Tree as a 'good King Cole style trio' that seemed another good reason (along with the food) to go. Maybe Arthur Scargill had taken up the ukulele in his later years or Andy Cole had become a whizz on the baritone sax since he hung up his boots, but on arrival it was clear that neither was the case. The quietly distinguished looking guitarist didn't look the type to make rabble-rousing speeches and the piano player, with all due respect, didn't seem like a 20-goals a season striker (although the bass player might have made an elegant, but tough-tackling centre half).
In fact, the band turned out to be another excellent manifestation of the ever-morphing Paul Edis Trio. And what a nice trio it was, with Roly Veitch on guitar and Neil Harland on double bass.
Veitch quickly demonstrated his singing ability on Date With an Angel with nice solos from the trio, followed by Beautiful Love on which Edis revealed his considerable instrumental versatility with some fine soloing on flute. A well-crafted vocal on Long Ago and Far Away led into Darn that Dream and by now the trio were into a sweet musical groove, swopping solos and leaving spaces for each other to fill. The audience were also fully engaged.
Paper Moon was a standout number with Veitch treating the lyrics with the care and lightness such delicate material requires and supplementing them with equally subtle guitar playing. To my pleasant surprise Edis turned the trio into a quartet for this number, playing both piano and excellent clarinet (though not quite simultaneously) on this song, to the great appreciation of my friends. A very nice version of Nature Boy ended the first set.
The second set continued the high standard of the first with more fine vocals from Veitch and excellent interplay between guitar and piano on such numbers as East of the Sun, The Touch of Your Lips, Our Love is Here to Stay and Thank Your Lucky Stars. Harland on double bass provided solid rhythmic underpinning to the music and contributed a number of classy solos as well. An audience request led to Edis playing a track from his solo album, Bring Me Sunshine, and hearing the tune again revealed not only its infectious good humour but also how finely crafted this version is (the possibility of second solo album is rumoured, apparently). After this tune Roly Veitch generously and rightly commented on the fact that there were a number of excellent young jazz musicians in the region of whom Edis was undoubtedly one. Although he did exclude Neil Harland from this group, not because of his musical ability, but because he was an 'old timer'. Harland smiled benignly.
The expertise of all three was fully demonstrated in the next song, Flamingo and this was followed by My Romance. During the break our table had wondered which instrument Edis would next surprise us with and I suggested it might be the instrument du jour in Newcastle at the moment and he would pull the ubiquitous Theremin from his back pocket and play something like a stride version of Good Vibrations. As it happened it was the clarinet again on this number and very good it was too. Then the Trio rounded off the evening with It Could Happen to You.
Just to say that the food was like the music: always interesting, sometimes beautifully understated but taken to an extra level with delicate touches of technical virtuosity. A perfect combination.
JC

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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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