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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.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Near Enough For Jazz - Bill Harper Reflects















Former northeast jazz pianist Bill Harper, now living in France, has put together some memories of his 65 years on the jazz scene. As Bill played with many name players both local, national and international it goes without saying that he has a wealth of tales to tell.

The bad news is that he has no intention of having the book published claiming it would be cost-prohibitive and of limited appeal - I would dispute the latter as it is a most fascinating and interesting, not to mention humorous, read. However, the good news is that Bill has kindly given BSH permission to publish extracts so I'll start today with the foreword and front cover.
Lance.

PS: And, with a tantalising glimpse at things to come, the Contents page...

4 comments :

Steve Andrews said...

Well, I would buy it! A top-class pianist, both as a soloist and an accompanist, who knows every (good) tune ever written, it was always a pleasure and a privilege to play alongside Bill. Not least because he is also a very funny man! Publish and be damned, man!

Russell said...

I too would buy a copy!

shepherdlass said...

Bill, if you're reading this, check out print-on-demand platforms like Unbound. May be a risk free way of getting your work published in virtual and print formats

John Hallam (on F/b) said...

How can I get a copy Bill.....even for money?!