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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.

Monday, September 03, 2018

CD Review: Chris Monson - Seldom in the Well.

Kelly Jefferson (tenor), Kevin Turcotte (trumpet, flugelhorn), Anthony Panacci (piano), Chris Monson (guitar), Artie Roth (bass), Tom Rasky (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
Available on iTunes, CD Baby and other major platforms from Sept. 7 (this Friday). A fine album which should persuade anybody who hears it to seek out a live performance and, no doubt, sell well amongst those who are lucky enough to catch them live -  Toronto would be a good place to start.
Monson's a guitarist, but that shouldn't put non guitar enthusiasts off, and apparently a prog-rock guitarist by day, which needn't put prog-rock non-believers off either. His playing is unassuming and sparse and one could be forgiven for thinking that the album must be by the sax, trumpet or even the piano player, except he wrote all nine tracks.
Back to the notes and we're told there's an iconic sixties vibe, but without sounding in any way like a period piece. My first play through was in the car where Francis spotted an Ingrid Jensen influence, which quickly developed into a Kenny Wheeler thing and, with Monson a fellow Canadian, he seems to be on to something, and who am I to argue.
Strange times we live in and it's hard to say with any certainty what, if anything, the album format is for these days. But this one should appeal to anybody who likes classic sixties trumpet/sax jazz from a post-bop period, or guitarists of the more tasteful and under-stated variety, and hopefully you'll get to pick one up at a live gig somewhere in Ontario or Onlineo and play it a couple of times before filing it away, and maybe that's ok. 
Steve T.

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