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Dennis Lichtman: "You can be as nerdy and intricate as you want. But if the rhythm section is thumping, any schmo can walk in off the street and be moved by it." - (DownBeat, December 2018).

Today Saturday November 17

Afternoon

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Evening

Blue Jazz Quintet - St George’s Church, St George’s Close, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2TF. Tel: 0191 281 1659. 7:00pm.

World of Brass In Concert - - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 7:00pm. £26.20., £19.60., £10.90. concert featuring Fodens, Matthew Ford (vocals) & Mike Lovatt (trumpet) in a Sinatra-themed show.

Forever the Beat of the Drum: Mark Jon Bolderson Percussion Foundation - Queen’s Hall, Beaumont St, Hexham NE46 3LS. Tel: 01434 652477. 7:30pm. £15.00. Annual fundraising concert. Line-up inc. Tyne Valley Big Band & Tyne Valley Junior Big Band.

Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars + Mitch Laddie & friends - The Peacock, High St West, Sunderland SRI 3ES. Tel: 0191 511 1451. 8:00pm. £10.00. Blues.

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

GIJF Day 3: Ushaw Ensemble - Sage Gateshead, April 8

Paul Edis (piano); Andy May (Northumbrian pipes); Graham Hardy (trumpet, flugelhorn); Graeme Wilson (tenor sax, flute); Emma Fisk (violin); Paul Susans (double bass); Rob Walker (drums)
(Review/photo courtesy of Ken Drew) 
Paul Edis juggles many projects and, to mix a metaphor, keeps several plates spinning at once. Educator (principally here at Sage Gateshead), working musician, often as a bandleader, busy concert promoter, there can’t be enough hours in his day to take on much else, yet now he has another project bubbling along nicely…the Ushaw Ensemble. Working to a commission, Dr Edis wrote St Cuthbert’s Suite to be performed first at Ushaw College, then, next day, in the equally impressive surroundings of Durham Cathedral and has since found a receptive audience in the generally less salubrious surroundings of jazz clubs and festivals.   
The Ushaw Ensemble opened Jazz North East’s Sunday afternoon schedule on the concourse. The usual line-up, including ‘folkie’ Andy May playing Northumbrian pipes, played two long form pieces in the forty or so minutes allotted to Edis’ seven-piece band. The Ensemble’s musicians, without exception, are accomplished soloists in their own right and Here and Now, Gone Forever placed several of them in the spotlight; Graeme Wilson’s assured tenor saxophone playing, Paul Edis reading reams of dots, the lyrical flugelhorn of Graham Hardy, bassist Paul Susans’ solo, a first contribution from the imperious Emma Fisk (violin), Andy May’s piping and Rob Walker, the man at the back, reading his part from behind the traps. So, all made their mark, with a Sunday brunch audience listening closely as the music finally became stilled.

Achill Island lies off the west coast of Ireland and, on a visit to this remote part of the world, Edis found inspiration to compose The Sound of Achill, the second piece to be featured at this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Andy May stepped forward to play Northumbrian pipes – perhaps Cuthbert himself would have readily recognised the sound, more so than the sounds of ‘jazz’ instruments as we know them. St Cuthbert’s Suite is a piece of music deserving of further exposure with, perhaps, a recording session to document the project.  
Russell .
Ken Drew Festival Photos (ongoing).                                 

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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.
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