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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Johnston/Edis @ Sage Gateshead

Bradley Johnston (guitar); Paul Edis (piano)
This free concert came out of the blue and provided me with a welcome opportunity to escape house-painting for an hour or so! Coffee and an excellent sandwich at the Concourse café then sit back for thirty minutes or so of top-class jazz served up by two top-class players.
The “mini-set” kicked off with Days of Wine and Roses then kicked on with Wes Montgomery’s West Coast Blues – an apt choice to showcase some fine guitar work.
The mood slowed to a wistful My Funny Valentine then swung away again with Parker’s Donna Lee – or should that be Miles Davis’s?
The final number, Blues for Alice saw Edis letting rip on piano and drew generous applause from the lunching classes all of whom were there by chance rather than by design. One departing punter stopped to thank the musicians for “brightening up (his) day”: another stopped to ask where he might see them again!
More such free mini-concerts are envisaged in future – the next is scheduled for two weeks today. See social media for details.
Jerry.

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