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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Jo Harrop & Paul Edis @ The Jazz Café – November 6

Jo Harrop (vocals) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Eagerly anticipated, a fourth engagement in three days in the region, Jo Harrop arrived at the Jazz Café in good time despite a late-running train. Pianist Paul Edis arrived on foot, walking to work, as it were. A lunchtime appearance at the Gala Theatre had drawn a full house, this Newcastle date promised to be the perfect conclusion to Harrop’s flying visit.
This Can’t Be Love, Love Me or Leave Me, East of the Sun, Harrop began in fine style. A Friday night crowd can be less than attentive but not on this occasion. Vocalist Jo Harrop held the audience in the palm of her hand from the first note, a sign that we were listening to something special. Paul Edis’ frequent Jazz Café appearances invariably elicit a similar response from patrons. A wonderful Autumn in New York, a snap-of-the-fingers take on a familiar number – Bye Bye Blackbird – featured a playful Edis at his best, and It’s Alright with Me made your reviewer’s notebook. All were excellent – it was one of those nights.
Billie Holiday numbers (a fabulous I’m a Fool to Want You), Anita O’Day referenced – it was one of those nights! Harrop sang I’ve Got the World on a String (starting here in the Jazz Café, tomorrow the world!). An interval chat with a Lincolnshire couple who have only recently moved to the north east (one of them a musician) indicated they were more than impressed. They’ll be back.
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (Edis’ left hand pattern), Sophisticated Lady (she is) and a requested Summertime. The latter could/should be on the ‘oh, not again’ banned list of tunes. Well, anytime Ms Harrop chooses to sing it is absolutely fine. One word went in to the notebook…Wow!  Some Nina Simone and Billy Taylor’s I Wish I Knew…the Jazz Café’s regulars were being spoiled rotten, the new faces couldn’t believe the quality. You Must Believe in Spring concluded the set. This was another ***** star evening at the Jazz Café.  
Russell

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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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