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Alan Luff: “The general view is that Ella’s songbook recordings are the supreme exemplars of sophistication, fine diction and creative voice in the wide field of popular music.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

Steve Voce: “Most of us have been crashed into by cretins who walk along the road absorbed in the screens of their mobile phones.” – (Jazz Journal May 2017).

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Today Friday May 26

Afternoon
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Paul Wilkinson - St. Nicholas Cathedral, St. Nicholas Square, Newcastle NE1 1PF. 1:05pm. Retiring collection.
Mark Williams/Joel Byrne McCullough - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
Ruth Lambert Quartet - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm, £7 (£6 in advance.)
Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - High Friars Lane (Tyneside Cinema), Free, al fresco, 8pm. food and drink available.
Chris James & Martin Fletcher - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Imelda May - Sage Gateshead. 7pm. £38.20/£27.30 VIP Option £104.
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Hokum Hotshots - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. 7:30pm. £27.50. Tel: 0191 515 5555. ‘Bourbon & Blues’ three course meal - booking essential.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Ushaw College, nr. Durham. 7:30pm. £7.
Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Jo Harrop With The Paul Edis Trio @ Gala Theatre Durham – September 9.

Jo Harrop (vocals); Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review/photos by Brian Ebbatson)
Fresh from her August dates at Soho’s Pizza Express Jo Harrop’s next stop was to a packed audience of over 100 to open the Gala’s Autumn Lunchtime Jazz series. Clearly, Jo loves playing to North East audiences and they love her too, particularly the good people of her home village, Great Lumley, who ensured this gig was sold out well in advance – to the chagrin of many Gala Lunchtime regulars who couldn’t get tickets.
With a top quality trio in support Jo featured a range of numbers from her Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday “Great Torch Songs” Pizza Express programme, as well as a choice of favourite standards which enabled her to demonstrate the range and rich tones of her voice, as well as her skilful interpretation of ballads and swing on upbeat numbers.
Opening with Jimmy McHugh “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, she immediately had the audience with her. This was followed by Ellington’s “All Too Soon”, a Peggy Lee tribute with “Why Don’t You Do Right”, Cole Porter’s “Get Out of Town”, then Billie Holiday’s “Fine and Mellow”.

The band too were enjoying themselves with inventive support and enterprising solos from Paul Edis on keyboard, Andy Champion on bass and Russ Morgan on drums, magnificently complementing Jo’s singing and making for great ensemble playing.

Later numbers included “Just One of Those Things” as a tribute to Ella, the ballads “Besame Mucho” and “I Fall in Love too Easily”, then a favourite of mine, Kurt Weill’s “My Ship”, followed by a breakneck rendition of “Tea for Two” with a searing piano solo from Paul and explosive drums from Russ.

Finishing with Billy Taylor’s “I Wish I Knew How It Felt to be Free” she had the audience cheering and asking for more.  As one of the audience said as she left “I don’t know how I stayed in my seat. I just wanted to get up and dance”. Not quite the staid response you’d expect of a Lunchtime Concert!

When Jo Harrop is next back on her home turf, get your tickets well in advance!
Brian Ebbatson.
Photos.
Footnote from Russell.
Next month’s lunchtime offering features Sue Ferris. The date for your diary is Friday 14 October. It’s a one o’clock start, admission £4.00. Sue Ferris, one of our finest woodwind players (baritone, tenor, flute) will be working with her regular quintet line-up featuring a well-known figure on the scene – Mr Graham Hardy, trumpet and flugelhorn. Tony Eales tells me he witnessed dozens of disappointed people being turned away at the Jo Harrop gig and Gala box office staff fielded numerous calls from those hoping – in vain – to book tickets. The best advice is to book now for Sue Ferris’ concert. Telephone 0300 0262 626.    

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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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