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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

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

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guests Don Fairley (trombone) & Maureen Hall (vocals).

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Review of Two Halves: Jo Harrop + Paul Edis Trio at the “Cherry Tree”

There was nothing unsatisfactory or unbalanced about either the food, or the music last night – far from it – but reviewing the first half after the second seems very “jazz” to me. I blame the football, having watched the “highlights” when I got home last night and neglected my homework. On skill, style, rhythm, performance and audience satisfaction, I would score the evening thus: Epicureans and jazz-lovers 10, England fans 0!

Briefly, on the food (to maintain a tradition), my choices of Pea-soup, Pollack and Panacotta were (variously) warm, spicy, smoky, rich, subtle, inventive, fruity, cool, smooth and creamy a neat segue from football to the star of the evening who was all those things, and more!

Jo Harrop really lived up to her billing: “singing sensation from London”, except that, as we all know now, she’s actually from Chester-le-Street and we should claim her as our own! Her voice is amazing – think Islay whisky, dark porter or tannin-rich red wine – deep and subtly modulated on Masquerade, swinging and smoky on My Romance, with lighter, sparkling tones on All of Me and Bye, Bye Blackbird. The lady really can sing the blues as well, with a great version of Georgia on my Mind in this set, and the two exquisite Billie Holliday numbers in the second set already mentioned by Lance. On top of all that, she’s clairvoyant: Jo expressed a willingness to do requests about mid-way through the set and promptly launched into my unfailing choice on these occasions before I could even give utterance to the thought: Julie London’s Cry me a River. Wow!

Paul, Adam and Mick were great with their customary solid support and some good solos. I particularly liked the piano on Georgia and the bass intro to Blackbird as well as the scat / bass combination on one second-half song. And then, alas, it was “strange the change to driver from diner” as we had to leave just as Paul was launching into Every Time we Say Goodbye! Fortunately, by then, Lance had long since come off the bench and warmed up at the bar.

So, thanks to Paul for bringing Jo home and to Vasilis Xenopoulos for getting it all started by introducing them to each other, in London, two exiled Cestrians (who grew up only streets apart). Never mind Homeric warnings about Greeks and gifts: this girl is a real treasure!

Gerry E.

1 comment :

Lance said...

Thanks Gerry - love the "Change from Diner to Driver".

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