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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

Friday, May 03, 2019

Simon Spillett & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Durham - May 3

Simon Spillett (tenor sax); Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/PHOTOS courtesy of Malcolm Sinclair)

Another full house at the Gala Theatre, little surprise given the quality musicians on the stand. Paul Edis, promoter of the monthly Friday lunchtime concert series, invited Simon Spillett to travel north to play a duo set, the first of two performances today for the tenor saxophonist who has an evening engagement with Edis' trio at Ushaw College.

The tenor sax-piano gig kicked-off with Kurt Weill's Speak Low. Spillett is the sort of tenor player who takes a good look at a tune, playing with unrivalled authority and his musical partner on this Durham session can be said to do much the same from the piano stool. A big sound, executing ideas with astonishing dexterity, the sartorially elegant Spillett acknowledged the round of applause which greeted his opening solo. 
Pianist Edis matched our visitor solo for solo, the two men clearly comfortable in one another's company. Alone Together (Spillett said it seemed appropriate to play it as a duo) then a cut from his first album - Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most - held the audience spellbound. Spillett generously, and rightly, said of Paul Edis: Paul is a fabulous jazz piano player, you shouldn't take him for granted, he's a great player. Well, said, sir!

A Weaver of Dreams - ah, yes! One of the great tunes, certainly for a tenor player, a magical moment. Spillett introduced Leroy Anderson's I Never Know When to Say When saying the number was a gem of a ballad from the otherwise unsuccessful 1958 Broadway show Goldilocks. No doubt Mr Anderson would have been tickled pink to hear Spillett and Edis play his tune all of sixty years on.

The one hour Gala Theatre performance flew by and our duo went out on a sparkling Oleo. At the time of writing there is still time to make your way to Ushaw College for this evening's concert featuring Simon Spillett (tenor sax) with the Paul Edis Trio: Edis (piano), Andy Champion (bass) and the fabulous Abbie Finn (drums). 7:30pm start, £8, pay on the door. Sat Nav users should use the DH7 7DW postcode.
Russell
PHOTOS 

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I must say this was something special, fantastic playing from both and Tenor playing very much in the Tubby Hayes mould which was great to hear.

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