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Bebop Spoken There

Andrew Hadro: "It seems to me that everybody just puts out an album, they go through the motions, spend the money and they just sort of throw it out there into the sea of CDs and hope something comes back" - (DownBeat June 2018).

Jonnathan Blake (Blindfold Test): “Maybe it's someone from New Orleans who has lived in New York for a minute.” (DownBeat June 2018).

Today Thursday May 24

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free.

Lambton Big Band - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Newcastle NE8 2BA. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. Public rehearsal session.

Gabriele Heller Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Lindsay Hannon & James Harrison - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jam Session w. Stu Collingwood Trio - Engine Room, Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3HA. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 7:45pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Jeremy McMurray (keys); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Mark Toomey (alto) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Daniel Meade - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Vasilis Xenopoulos & Paul Edis @ The Lit & Phil - October 20

Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor saxophone) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Jerry)
Vasilis Xenopoulos stepped off the train at Central Station and walked all of two minutes to the Lit and Phil. This was to be the first of two gigs in a day for London-based Xenopoulos. This reunion with friend pianist Paul Edis found the duo surrounded by audio-visual recording equipment. Their excellent 2016 album A Narrow Escape deserves to be heard by a wider audience and promoting the ‘product’ to interested parties won’t do any harm at all.
A first time visitor to the Lit and Phil (literally walking in off the street having noticed the billboard on the pavement advertising the gig) was assured that he would hear world-class jazz. Our visitor had a city centre meeting to attend but opted to take a chance on Xenopoulos and Edis. One hour later would he think it a worthwhile diversion?

In the best tradition of salon concerts Vasilis and Paul will be playing a selection from […] including – and so they did. Jimmy Van Heusen and Dexter Gordon for starters; It Could Happen to You and,  as Vasilis subsequently informed the attentive audience, Fried Bananas, a contrafact of the former. It had been almost exactly a year since Vasilis’ last visit to the region and on hearing the first notes of this lunchtime concert it confirmed the view that Vasi X, as he is known in some quarters, is one of the finest tenor players around. Dr Paul Edis, playing the Lit and Phil’s Kawai grand piano (a real treat) needed little in the way of introduction to the Newcastle audience.

Bobby Timmons’ Dat Dere demonstrated that Vasilis has it all covered – GAS book interpreter par excellence and swinging purveyor of bop – with Paul succeeding in generating the Art Blakey drive. Other selections included two original compositions from A Narrow Escape, Vasilis’ Piazza Navona and Paul’s composition, the album’s title track, A Narrow Escape. Cole Porter, Fats Waller (What is this Thing Called Love?, a magical Jitterbug Waltz) – who could ask for anything more?

Our first time visitor – earlier given an assurance he would hear world-class jazz – departed saying:  You weren’t lying.          
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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