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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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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.

Today Sunday September 22

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday Jazz in the Crypt - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00-6:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Line-up: Noel Dennis Trio + Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat + Anthony Strong.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Somethin' Blue Trio - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Memphis Cruisers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Alexys de Alfaro - Revoluçion de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Paper Moon Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Fabled - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00. JNE.

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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