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Today Saturday January 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am.

Evening

Adrian Cox Quartet - Watchtower Gallery, West End, Berwick TD15 2HE. 8:00pm. £10.00. Cox touring new CD ‘Now is Spring’.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Ray Stubbs R & B All-Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

RIP Paul Smith -Pianist Extraordinaire

When JATP rode into Newcastle City Hall on a day in February (maybe March )1962 we looked forward to hearing Ella, Hawk, Roy Eldridge, Tommy Flanagan, Major Holley and Ed Locke. Looking at the program, we noted that the Paul Smith Trio were opening the second set prior to accompanying Ella. Paul Smith? Never heard of him and, if it hadn't been because he had Stan Levy on drums and Wilfred Middlebrooks on bass we may have sat that one out in the bar
Thank God we didn't!
The ten foot tall (actually 6.5) pianist knocked us off our feet like only Peterson had done previously. He caressed the piano, he attacked the piano - he made sure we'd remember him. Later, he backed Ella giving her the support she required. It was the first Ella concert - and she sang beautifully by the way - that I'd came away thinking more about her accompanist than the First Lady herself!
Smith was that good.
He had a long and successful career recording - I've got one album - and managed to find that all important self-preservation niche in the studios.
Sadly missed. Paul Smith died Saturday (June 29) aged 91.
Obituary.
Lance.

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