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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

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

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

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

Monday, April 30, 2018

Roly Veitch and the Paul Edis Trio @ St Cuthberts Church Hall, Crook, April 27.

Roly Veitch (guitar, vocal), Paul Edis (piano, flute, clarinet, vocal), Andy Champion (double bass), Adam Sinclair (drums).
(Review by Steve T/Photo courtesy of Paul Edis)
Three cuts in, Master Eales asked if I was reviewing it and I responded that somebody would have to. 
Astonishingly, this was the first time I've ever seen Roly Veitch, who I've been aware of since I arrived on the North East Jazz Scene a few years back. It's no secret that I normally like Jazz guitarists to rock it up, but there was no suggestion of that here, and I wasn't at all disappointed. He's a fine player: clean, uncluttered, little flash, plenty of space and totally unselfish; with musicians of this calibre, why would you be?!
Rosetta and Flamingo were followed by It’s Only a Paper Moon and, as I returned from the bar, I explored the stage to see who was singing - for a split second, thinking it might even be taped - before realising it was the man with his back to me, Paul Edis.
A very clear voice, good pitch, not remotely from the soulful tradition of my own background, but more music-hall, perhaps even a bit choir-boy. I later asked him if he was the last person picked for sports teams at school and the reader will be pleased to know he was.
He then took the lead on flute through Edelweiss; a wonderful song and ideal for a church hall with a couple of nuns present. 
Paul would return to the flute, play clarinet and give us another song before the night was done. The latter was a Jambone original - It Takes Time - with lyrics written especially, and intelligent lyrics too.
The region has long benefitted from a number of fine lady singers but an absence of men. Or so I thought, as it seemed Roly is up for a bit of singing himself. He's not half bad either, though I doubt the Sinatra estate will feel threatened. More singing guitarist, but Fred Astaire was a singing dancer.
The set was more or less standards, though nothing you hear too much of: Dear Bix, Love Walked In, You're a Lucky Guy, Alone Together, Sometime Ago, Lotus Blossom, Darn That Dream and ending with Cottontail.
It's a great night out; as the sun goes down and successive ales run out, there's crisps and nuts, pizza and a raffle during the interval. The hosts, the Timothys, immortalised in a 'tune' by one of their various sons-in-law - Lord Paul - are genuinely wonderful people. And I know Roly will forgive me for observing tonight left some space to watch.    
Steve T.

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