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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Friday, July 29, 2016

Paul Edis @ The Lit & Phil. July 29

Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/photo from BSH archives)
Summer holidays made no difference, the audience turned up as usual for the monthly Lit & Phil lunchtime jazz concert. Solo piano today, Paul Edis the performer. Nine selections of which four were composed by Edis. Indeed the first two tunes were Edis’. Pulse then a Murmuration (ask an ornithologist). First class piano playing and our pianist rightly made reference to the Lit & Phil’s fine Kawai piano.

Throughout jazz history popular song has been a vehicle for improvisers to do their thing. When You’re Smiling is one such song and Edis played with it to great effect. Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me received a respectful reading, preceded by Just Like Me, one of Edis’ compositions (the eponymous track of the pianist’s double solo piano CD).
Mercy Mercy Mercy had Joe Zawinul dancing in the Jazz Club in the Sky. Come to think of it, the Austrian’s Weather Report band mate Jaco Pastorious would have been digging it up there with Joe. A percussive, hammers-dampened intro evolved into a joyous hymn, expansive, a highlight of the set. Edis’ Vignette is an earworm. It’s…Welles’ Rosebud or, perhaps, it’s the soundtrack to the pastoral French New Wave, it’s…
More Gershwin – It Ain’t Necessarily So – and, to end the hour long set, Young at Heart (Johnny Richards/Carolyn Leigh) from the film of the same name, starring Frank Sinatra and Doris Day (directed by Gordon Douglas, 1955). The Lit & Phil’s audience showed its appreciation having thoroughly enjoyed this final concert of the season. An autumn series begins on the last day of September, Friday 30 with a concert by the James Harrison Trio.    
Russell.

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