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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Archives.

Today Wednesday March 22

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.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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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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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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