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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Paul Edis Trio – Jazz Café February 14 – Valentine’s Night

Paul Edis (piano) Mick Shoulder (D. Bass) Adam Sinclair (Drums)
(Review/Photo by Kath Jobes)
Valentines night at The Jazz Café… yep I was there with my mates Emma and Ray… and not a card or flower received by any of us, so we had to reconcile ourselves with some superb jazz.  The Café was tastefully decorated with hearts and flowers, a lovely pink rose on each table and a bowl of heart treats on the bar… cakes and decorated marshmallows, and a special cocktail for the  couples with a wee box of chocolates to share… one each!   On arrival it seemed a little quiet, just a group of students and one other couple… my comment to Kay Tilly was they must all still be having romantic dinners… and so it seemed as later the place filled up nicely with couples and small groups of happy patrons, a different crowd than previously seen at the Café but they seemed to enjoy the music and there was even a request… more of that later.
This talented trio have a residency on the second Friday of each month and as this month that fell on Valentine’s Night, it was the perfect opportunity to play some beautiful tunes.  My Funny Valentine set the theme… and a lovely bass solo brought a smile to my face… a lively Stompin’ at the Savoy was followed by Whisper Not and then came a tune we had to guess the name to… it was L.O.V.E. , Nat King Cole does a lovely version.   The next beautiful tune is a well-known Disney song… When You Wish Upon a Star… with a conversation about which film it was in… Pinocchio of course… dontcha just love Jiminy Cricket?  The final tune of the set was again a romantically themed upbeat version of Days of Wine and Roses, and it really wouldn’t have been the same without the riff of My Funny Valentine.
Set two got off to a joyful start with Clifford Brown’s Joy Spring and Miles Davis’ Milestones hot on its tail.  A soft and gentle Moon River restored us to the romantic theme.  Duke Jordan’s Jordu came next, and then a request for Yasmin… from her fella… ‘cause its her favourite tune… Van Morrison’s Moondance… Mick really loved this one… Not!  Lance, his face was like yours when someone sings Summertime!  The final tune brought a nice anecdote from Paul about how the tune was named, apparently the trombone player saw the music and said, “You don’t expect me to play that at a Moment’s Notice do you?”  Happy Valentines’ Day!
Kath J.

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