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Paul Edis: "One of the regulars at The Gala today called me a 'turncoat' and another a 'deserter' - that's a very northern way of displaying affection in response to the news that I'm leaving the area. 'They're vicious down there mind you'. " - (Twitter January24, 2020)

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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - 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.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Triptych @ The Lit & Phil. May 9

Paul Edis (piano & clarinet), Paul Susans (double bass) & Rob Walker (drums/percussion)
(Review by Russell/Photos by Jerry).
Three jazz gigs at the Lit & Phil this week – Wednesday evening, Thursday evening and today’s lunch hour set – perhaps accounted for a relatively low turn-out to hear Triptych. The trio of Paul Edis (piano), Paul Susans (double bass) and drummer Rob Walker have, in a short space of time, got something going with this new line-up. The set list combined standards, traditional songs and contemporary composition. The trick is in the approach and the arrangements of once familiar tunes.
How High the Moon, familiar enough, began the one hour performance in relaxed style, the playing top notch. Middle England would, no doubt, rejoice at the prospect of Greensleeves and English Country Garden, at least until Triptych did their thing. Pianist Paul Edis gave these tunes a new twist; Bach-like, swinging sections, drummer Rob Walker seeking to sneak in a drum ‘n’ bass vibe, bassist Paul Susans suitably amused at the devilment of it all. Alice in One D Land (Edis claimed artistic licence!) and the classic Bacharach/David number Close to You featured superb playing by all three musicians. Edis’ Dark Ages rung the changes. Our premier pianist picked up his clarinet, Walker introduced the audience to his udu (a vessel with a hole in it, usually made of clay), unusual in itself, this particular African instrument was tuned to B (all the more unusual, apparently). The tune initially suggested a North African feel before moving into something to be heard in Eastern musics (Zakir Hussain and Trilok Gurtu would have got it). With clarinet having set the mood, Edis returned to the keyboard to further develop the piece. Unusual, one to be heard again.
Walker’s Mister Blister preceded Gavin Bryars’ challenging composition Jesus Blood and it was down to Walker’s fun arrangement of Honeysuckle Rose to close the concert in style. Fats’ stride classic went swing time, then drum ‘n’ bass, then this way, then that. Sight reading the twists and turns they got it right or so it seemed! Much applause, deservedly so.
Russell.

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