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16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...

June

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 28: Pete Tanton’s Chet Set @ Warkworth War Memorial Hall. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Paul Edis @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 28: Ant Law, Alex Hitchcock, Jasper Høiby & Sun-Mi Hong @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm. £15.40., £13.20.

Sat 29: Spat’s Langham’s Hot Fingers @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 29: Vermont Big Band @ Seahorse Pub, Whitley Bay Football Club. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet).
Sat 29: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Funchal Fiesta:CD in the Offing? Paul Edis Sextet @ St. Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook, November 17.

Paul Edis (Piano), Mick Shoulder (Bass), Russ Morgan (Drums), Graeme Wilson (Tenor Sax / Flute), Chris Hibbard (Trombone) and Graham Hardy (Trumpet and Flugelhorn).
(Review by Jerry/Photos courtesy of Jerry)
The band started with a standard, Out of Nowhere, despite having memories of getting parking tickets while playing it as an opener at the Whitley Bay Festival! I was there, as Max Boyce used to say. No worries here - Crook is always friendly! The rest of an excellent set-list consisted of originals, some familiar from the sextet’s previous albums, others being “newer tunes” (in some cases totally new to me).
The familiar tunes included Dorian Grey, Blues for Dad, Mr.Hipster and Better than a Punch in the Face. Dorian alludes to something musically complex (i.e. beyond me!) but I can’t help visualising the eponymous hero just about to pull the cover off the portrait…Blues for Dad raised the tempo and featured a great bass solo from Mick Shoulder and Russ Morgan’s excellent drumming. Russ was depping for Adam Sinclair who was unavailable due to some Children in Need-related duties. As anyone who saw the marvellous Blaydon gig in October (Vasilis Xenopoulos & Nigel Price) will know, Russ Morgan is a (more than) safe pair of hands. Mr. Hipster featured a five-star solo by Graham Hardy on flugelhorn. Better than a Punch in the Face was sassy and brassy and saw Chris Hibbard in fine form on trombone.
Though I have heard it once before, It’s Been, It’s Gone, It’s Happened, is definitely a “newer” tune. Written for the bandleader's mum (“it’s cheaper than buying presents”!), it is an instantly memorable ballad with hints of Country and Western in some of the piano parts and hints of Auld Lang Syne in the brass. An eclectic mix, I know, but effectively conveying the message of “get over it/get on with it”. This should definitely be a CD track!
As should Madeira, inspired by the sights, the sounds, the colours and the vibrancy of that island. Muted trumpet and flute featured on this lively, rhythmic “fiesta” tune with an excellent extended flute solo by Graeme Wilson carrying the mood. I loved it! Wilson also starred, with sax this time, on his own composition which closed the second set, Brand New Mountain. I’d like this on the CD as well: so far I know it’s a mountain in Japan, or a sculpture of a mountain on the island of Hokkaido. The CD sleeve notes could fill in rest of the back-story, perhaps…
The band-members’ composing skills were further showcased at the start of set 2 with Graham Hardy’s The Pounce - inspired, apparently, by his kitten! This piece, understandably, gave the front three plenty to do as did another “newer” piece, Cluster Fluster. This also alludes to something musical (i.e. beyond me) but what struck me was the contrast between the almost classical piano and the wah-wah-wah-wah of the brass, muted trumpet and all. More variety for my would-be CD!
Add in the two remaining tunes, Muddle Through and Lost – both totally new to me – and you are close to filling the disc! Muddle Through is a very bluesy blues (winter draws on and my dog done died!) with lugubrious flugelhorn, “lazy” piano and great bass. I loved it!. Lost, is, apparently, about moments of panic (plenty of them in my teaching career!) followed by gradual calming (that didn’t always happen for me!). Tremulous brass and mallets on cymbals (I’m guessing at terminology here) gave way to lyrical piano, brushed rhythms and bowed bass and a quieter finish. Lost, then found?
The evening was the last Crook gig until 2018: watch out for the programme next year. It is an excellent venue and the jazz never disappoints.
So, will there be a CD? The answer is almost certainly “yes” once the band can afford the not inconsiderable cost of recording. Whenever it happens, it’ll be worth the wait!
Jerry

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