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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.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival: Paul Edis - June 1

Paul Edis (keyboards)
(Review by Russell).
A Durham lad is Paul Edis. The ‘boy done good’, as someone once said. Is there anything new left to say about pianist, educator and promoter Dr Edis? Not really, other than to say this DJazz set in Palace Green Library’s Courtyard Café met the very highest expectations one has come to expect. Standards, original material, an arrangement of an English pastoral and DJazz 2018’s first encore!


Young at Heart and You Must Believe in Spring opened Edis’ programme interspersed by Of Mice and Men, the pianist’s bluesy, gospel number. The very French Vignette enthralled those hearing it for the first time, and, indeed, those hearing it for the umpteenth time. Jobim’s One Note Samba is another oft-heard tune but, here’s the key, when it’s played by a pianist of Edis’ talent, it’s more a piano masterclass than just another perfunctory reading of the number. The applause rang out. No need to say anymore.

Edis introduced his arrangement of Greensleeves saying many of the jazz greats had reworked it – Coltrane, Paul Desmond…and me! Well, the present day great, Dr Edis played it canny good, like.*
A freely improvised piece – a ‘world premiere’ said Edis – contained/retained Edis’ innate elegance and a final offering, a swinging Almost Like Being in Love, brought the house down. The Courtyard Café’s MC thanked Paul Edis, thinking that was it. Not likely! The standing-room-only audience had other ideas. Sustained applause won an encore and Edis flew on A Night in Tunisia. Another Gig of the Year contender.                
Russell

* ‘canny good, like’ is Geordie understatement for brilliant.  

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