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Danny Halperin: "Johnny Griffin is possibly the worst tenor saxophonist who has come to widespread public attention in the past decade." – (Jazz News, March 21, 1962).

Polly Gibbons: “If Billie [Holiday] had come up in the ’60s, she probably would have been a soul singer” – (Down Beat August 2017).

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Today Wednesday August 16

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Paul Edis Trio @ The Jazz Café. February 6

Paul Edis (piano), Neil Harland (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell)
First Friday in the month at the Jazz Café usually means one thing – the Paul Edis Trio taking up residency and tonight was no different. One minor difference – Neil Harland depped for regular bassist Mick Shoulder. Familiar faces bagged the ring side seats and we were ready for our monthly treat of world class jazz piano playing.
Beautiful Love opened the show. Nicely warmed up, Edis stretched out on Four on Six and drummer Adam Sinclair took a blast of a solo. Some Jobim, then Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin’s Long Ago and Far Away (Edis keen to point out the writing credit for PRS purposes!) dazzled with a fleeting reference to Joy Spring. A Paul Edis ballad – Vince – received its Jazz Café world premiere. It is sure to be heard again. The first set ended with a flying Lady Bird (with a hint of A Surrey with a Fringe on Top?).
A slamming Pent-Up House announced the second set. Invitation came by way of an on the spot arrangement requiring bassist Neil Harland’s total concentration. Superb jazz! A commissioned ballad – For Kathleen – featured sensitive bass playing from the sight-reading NH. The ballad’s subject was in the house and she was visibly moved by the occasion. Mermeration took as its inspiration the myriad in-flight patterns created by a flock of starlings. Any gig by the Paul Edis Trio is special but this Jazz Café date will live long in the memory for a remarkable Take the A Train. Remarkable in that the tune was taken at a slow tempo offering a new perspective on a classic number. This appeared be a stroke of genius by Edis. At the end of the evening Dr Edis declared that it had been done before – possibly by the Ray Brown Trio. No matter, it was simply wonderful.
Two tunes to finish with – a flying Blue Bossa, followed by a high octane version of   Ornithology. The Paul Edis Trio at the Jazz Café is the best gig in town. 
Russell.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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