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Bebop Spoken There

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.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Roly Veitch and the Paul Edis Trio @ St Cuthberts Church Hall, Crook, April 27.

Roly Veitch (guitar, vocal), Paul Edis (piano, flute, clarinet, vocal), Andy Champion (double bass), Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Steve T/Photo courtesy of Paul Edis)
Three cuts in, Master Eales asked if I was reviewing it and I responded that somebody would have to. 
Astonishingly, this was the first time I've ever seen Roly Veitch, who I've been aware of since I arrived on the North East Jazz Scene a few years back. It's no secret that I normally like Jazz guitarists to rock it up, but there was no suggestion of that here, and I wasn't at all disappointed. He's a fine player: clean, uncluttered, little flash, plenty of space and totally unselfish; with musicians of this calibre, why would you be?!
Rosetta and Flamingo were followed by It’s Only a Paper Moon and, as I returned from the bar, I explored the stage to see who was singing - for a split second, thinking it might even be taped - before realising it was the man with his back to me, Paul Edis.
A very clear voice, good pitch, not remotely from the soulful tradition of my own background, but more music-hall, perhaps even a bit choir-boy. I later asked him if he was the last person picked for sports teams at school and the reader will be pleased to know he was.
He then took the lead on flute through Edelweiss; a wonderful song and ideal for a church hall with a couple of nuns present. 
Paul would return to the flute, play clarinet and give us another song before the night was done. The latter was a Jambone original - It Takes Time - with lyrics written especially, and intelligent lyrics too.
The region has long benefitted from a number of fine lady singers but an absence of men. Or so I thought, as it seemed Roly is up for a bit of singing himself. He's not half bad either, though I doubt the Sinatra estate will feel threatened. More singing guitarist, but Fred Astaire was a singing dancer.
The set was more or less standards, though nothing you hear too much of: Dear Bix, Love Walked In, You're a Lucky Guy, Alone Together, Sometime Ago, Lotus Blossom, Darn That Dream and ending with Cottontail.
It's a great night out; as the sun goes down and successive ales run out, there's crisps and nuts, pizza and a raffle during the interval. The hosts, the Timothys, immortalised in a 'tune' by one of their various sons-in-law - Lord Paul - are genuinely wonderful people. And I know Roly will forgive me for observing tonight left some space to watch.    
Steve T.

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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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