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Dave Newton: "Having got my Grade 8 pretty early, it was only then that the piano was taking over. But this was happening outside of school really, as the music teacher at this particular school didn't like me or the kind of music I liked." (Jazzwise February 2019).

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Today Wednesday January 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8:00pm. £1.00.

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Blues

Blues - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

I've Got the Exchange Blues - The Exchange, Howard St., North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 8:00pm. Free. Weekly blues jam session.

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

Juliet Kelly and Paul Edis @ Gosforth Civic Theatre - September 14

Juliet Kelly (vocal); Paul Edis (piano).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Russell).
Some gigs go on too long, some gigs you just can't get enough of, but this early evening shot at GCT got it just right.
The duo had played a sell-out lunchtime gig at the Gala, Durham, and it wasn't being unduly optimistic to think that the Tyneside cats would do the same.
They didn't although, it has to be said that those who could get off their litter tray thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The opening I Put a Spell on You did just that to the audience. The unaccompanied first chorus held everyone, dare I say it? Spellbound!
Pitch perfect, this was a voice that could do what it wanted to with a lyric without any histrionics! The theme of the evening was on divas and family although, in truth, the two children present weren't spellbound.
We were!
Nina Simone was, of course, the diva related to the opening tune although, as a Jarrow (Jarra) lad, I always relate it to Alan Price and the Animals.
Sassy was acknowledged with 'S Wonderful, Sinatra with April in Paris, Astrid with So Nice, Billie with Nice and Mellow and Ella with Every Time we Say Goodbye.
As well as the standards, Juliet's originals, which are a part of her current CD - reviewed by Ann Alex -. slotted in easily.
It was one of those early evening gigs that won't live with you forever but nor will it be forgotten tomorrow - or the day after or the day after that...
Lance.
PS: I'm accused and plead guilty to the charge of not acknowledging Paul Edis' contribution both as soloist and back-up man to the singer. 

In my defence, yer 'onna. Mista Edis don't need nobody like me to tell them geezers who don't know how good he is to tell them how good he is. 'ere, I'll give you 'is CD and you can judge for yersel.

Yes, the accused is very light-fingered as, indeed are most of the felons that I see in the Dock. Conditional discharge.

Conditional your honour?

Yes, the condition is that Mr Edis plays at my daughter's wedding and at all of her subsequent weddings.
Case dismissed.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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