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On This Day: December 14

2009: Jim Birkett Trio w. Sue Ferris @ The Cherry Tree.

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Graeme Wilson & Paul Edis @ The Jazz Café. July 18

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Wilson and Edis play Monk. Eagerly anticipated. This Saturday evening the Jazz Café drew Mionk disciples, Caff habitués and the regular slew of city centre circuit drinkers. 
Thelonious Monk would have liked the Caff’s  piano – he surely played worse pianos, much worse.  Graeme Wilson’s flying visit to the north east (he had played the Opus 4 Jazz Club in Darlington the previous evening) heard him on tenor in the company of a long-time musical friend, pianist Paul Edis.

The front row crowd attentive, others – the cloth-eared – less so, heard two sets of the finest jazz one could wish to hear. Bright Mississippi, with the chord changes to Sweet Georgia Brown right there, opened the programme. It couldn’t get any better, could it? Crepuscule with Nellie – it just got better and better! Graeme Wilson always plays the perfectly conceived solo, whatever the tune, the construction logical, fully formed. The duo format can be something of a high-wire act, the musicians exposed to the dangers less evident in larger ensembles. Every nuanced note heard, Wilson and Edis have an empathetic, if not telepathic, understanding. Edis’ piano playing continues to astonish – Monk with baroque right hand and stride left. Complex, brain-befuddling, the trick, if there is one, must be in the compartmentalising (in the brain) of two disparate musical ideas.
A ballad – Light Blue – should have been heard in reverential silence. No chance. The punters were in talkative mood. At one point during the evening Jazz Café proprietor Mike Tilley told the unruly to shut up or get out. Keith Crombie would have approved! The Monk disciples applauded spontaneously – things were hotting up! Four in One – perhaps the tune of the night – reached new heights. To top the lot Nutty was nothing short of brilliant. The deafening applause, short of a standing ovation, won an encore. Wilson and Edis’ gig is a real contender for Gig of the Year, that’s how good it was.     

Russell.

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