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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Until July 21

Today Saturday July 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (See above).

Streets of Brass - Durham city centre. DH1. 11:00am-5:00pm. Free. A Durham Brass Festival event (see above).

Blues Guitar Workshop w Alvin Youngblood Hart - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 11:30am. £10.80.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Northern Pride, Claremont Road, Newcastle NE2 4PZ. 12 noon. Free.

A Concert for Margaret Barnes - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. £10.00. (£12.00. day ticket). JNE. Afternoon session (doors 1:00pm) line-up: Debra Milne & Steve Glendinning 1:30pm, Paul Edis & Graham Hardy 2:20pm, Hand to Mouth 3:25pm, Thomas Dixon Band 4:15pm.

Strictly Smokin' Party Band - Stack, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6QE. 5:30pm. Free. Eight piece band.

Country Blues etc.

Summertyne Americana - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. Various free outdoor shows and outstanding headliners check out here,

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Evening

A Concert for Margaret Barnes - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 6:00pm. £10.00. (£12.00. day ticket). JNE. Evening session (doors 5:45pm) line-up: Paul Taylor & the Long Lonesome Go 6:00pm, Bradley Johnston Trio 7:05pm, Duo FCT 8:10pm, Zoë Gilby Quartet 9:00pm.

Big Brass Party - Wharton Park, Durham DH1 4FJ. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. A Durham Brass Festival event (see centre column).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Half Hand Hoodoo - 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.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Paul Edis Trio – Jazz Café December 13

Paul Edis (piano) Mick Shoulder (bass) Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Kath Jobes)
This was the first of a regular spot for the Paul Edis Trio, 2nd Friday of the month, and if this evening’s set was anything to go by, it will be a good night out!  This was my second sojourn to the recently re-opened and refurbished Jazz Cafe and after the initial shock of the changes it’s beginning to grow on me, I particularly like the sheet music wallpapered onto the stairwell, a much brighter feel now, and the ambience is growing  as a small appreciative audience settles in… a work in progress… yes indeed. 
Monks Dream Set us away with a lively start, and set the tone for the evening… this tight trio regularly features 4s between the members so everyone gets a chance to shine… and shine they did.  After the first number the front of the piano came off, and suddenly we had a brighter sound as Oscar Peterson’s version of Moten Swing rung out through the room, and an intricate bass solo from Mick Shoulder warmed his fingers up for the next number –Bill Evan’s  Funkallero, described in the real book as an upbeat swing… this was a superfast interpretation with a terrific drum intro from Adam Sinclair.  Bluesette and One Note Samba came next with another brilliant Drum Solo from Sinclair.  I’m Old Fashioned was a soft and gentle contrast, with an exquisite bass solo. I could listen to this bass all night.  The last number of the set was another Bill Evans number, Peri’s Scope …and really showed off the nimble fingers of both pianist and bass player –tremendous!
The second set commences with Edis on playing Yesterdays, the elaborate improvisation included a phrase from Stella by Starlight and boy does this robin sing!  Ruth Lambert was then welcomed to centre stage to feature for a couple of songs, firstly another of my favourites… West Coast Blues, and then a wickedly naughty interpretation of Santa Baby, gutsy but cheeky… we need to see more of this lovely singer…. Don’t worry Ruth, I won’t tell the readers that you were in your jeans… a lovely long flowing dress… well maybe next time?
Cy Coleman’s Witchcraft once more featured that lovely bass and 4s before fading away beautifully.  A Paul Edis original – Mr Hipster had a rhythmic start moving into a medium swing, before returning to the rhythmic ending… if you want to hear it, it’s on his latest CD… definitely worth buying folks.  Next came a piano tribute to the late Stan Tracy who passed away earlier this week, Body and Soul… Edis really showed his skill as key changes gave depth and beauty to this piece… a pleasure to listen to and it brought a tear to the eye of Joan Parker who was one of Tracy’s dearest friends. 
The mood continued as the trio moved on to play Duke Ellington’s In a Mellow Tone, which brought forth reminiscences from Dave and Joan Parker, as they remembered their old friend playing this in Darlington with Roy Babbington on Bass and Clark Tracy on Drums… good times.   The final number of the night was Monk’s Rhythm-a- Ning, a dazzling end to an excellent night of Jazz.
Kath J.

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