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Bebop Spoken There

Jim Hall: "Won't play loud, can't play fast" - (From one of the great guitarist's business cards brought to our attention by Roly Veitch).

Joel Harrison: “It’s incredibly hard to play bebop on guitar, harder than on saxophone.” – (Jazz Times August 2015)

Sir Thomas Beecham: "Forget about the bars. Look at the phrases, please. Remember that bars are only the boxes in which the music is packed" - (Beecham Stories by Harold Atkins & Archie Newman. Robson Books, 1978).

Today Wednesday June 28

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café. 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £5/Students free - voluntary donation.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Paul Edis @ The Lit & Phil. July 29

Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/photo from BSH archives)
Summer holidays made no difference, the audience turned up as usual for the monthly Lit & Phil lunchtime jazz concert. Solo piano today, Paul Edis the performer. Nine selections of which four were composed by Edis. Indeed the first two tunes were Edis’. Pulse then a Murmuration (ask an ornithologist). First class piano playing and our pianist rightly made reference to the Lit & Phil’s fine Kawai piano.

Throughout jazz history popular song has been a vehicle for improvisers to do their thing. When You’re Smiling is one such song and Edis played with it to great effect. Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me received a respectful reading, preceded by Just Like Me, one of Edis’ compositions (the eponymous track of the pianist’s double solo piano CD).
Mercy Mercy Mercy had Joe Zawinul dancing in the Jazz Club in the Sky. Come to think of it, the Austrian’s Weather Report band mate Jaco Pastorious would have been digging it up there with Joe. A percussive, hammers-dampened intro evolved into a joyous hymn, expansive, a highlight of the set. Edis’ Vignette is an earworm. It’s…Welles’ Rosebud or, perhaps, it’s the soundtrack to the pastoral French New Wave, it’s…
More Gershwin – It Ain’t Necessarily So – and, to end the hour long set, Young at Heart (Johnny Richards/Carolyn Leigh) from the film of the same name, starring Frank Sinatra and Doris Day (directed by Gordon Douglas, 1955). The Lit & Phil’s audience showed its appreciation having thoroughly enjoyed this final concert of the season. An autumn series begins on the last day of September, Friday 30 with a concert by the James Harrison Trio.    
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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Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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