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Today Friday April 26

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Black Bull, Frosterley DL3 2SL. Tel: 01388 527784. Coach trip dep Tyneside 10:30am. Tickets: £15.00. Info: 0191 252 9429.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Noel Dennis Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

The City Trio - Stack, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QE. Tel: 0191 216 1415. 5:00-7:00pm. Free. Alice Grace, Jennifer Davies, Ben Helm.

Evening.

Swing Bridge - Scott's, Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 6:20-7:15pm. Free. Gig in the cafe.

James Birkett & Emma Fisk - The Old Low Light, Clifford's Fort, North Shields Fish Quay NE30 1JA. Tel: 0191 257 4506. 7:00pm. £10.00. Advance booking required.

Baghdaddies - Ponteland Beer Festival, Ponteland Leisure Centre, Callerton Lane, Ponteland NE20 9EG. Baghdaddies 7:15pm (doors 6:00pm). £12.00.

Pepperland - Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6BR. Tel: 08448 112121. 7:30pm. £19.00. Mark Morris Dance Group's 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. MD Ethan Iverson leads seven-piece NYC band. First night of two.

The Ronnie Scott’s Story: 60th Anniversary Concert - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £27.70. & £18.50. Support set by Jambone on concourse (7:00pm).

Sue Ferris Quintet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01325 468177. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. Note new, earlier start time.

Blues/Soul/Funk

45 Spread - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. 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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