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Wednesday 12: Happy Birthday Ros Rigby & Don Fairley.

Thursday 13: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free. OUTDOOR gig.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Early Birds Flying High @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle - Feb 9

The Early Bird Band: Paul Edis (MD, piano, tenor sax); Emily McDermott (vocals); Lucien Guest (trumpet); Haaruun Miller (alto sax, soprano sax); Tom Henery (guitar); Alex Shipsey (bass guitar); Dylan Thompson (drums)

It had been a late night for Dr Edis. Gigging 'til late at Opus 4 Jazz Club, pianist and educator Paul Edis was up and about bright and early to meet up with half a dozen Early Birders for an early Saturday morning workshop. 

The Lit and Phil's Loftus Room is the regular rehearsal/performance space for the Early Bird Band's rapidly developing young musicians. 9:15am start, set-up and go. Two hours' worth of study then the doors open to a curious public. 


Four numbers today, the first of them Harry Edison's Centrepiece. Jambone vocalist Emily McDermott joined the boys - Lucien, Haaruun, Tom, Alex and Dylan - to get her head around Jon Hendricks' lyrics. It should be noted that Ms McDermott is a jazz singer in the making. A crystal-clear voice, as and when Emily discovers her 'jazz voice' we'll have another fine singer on the scene. Perhaps sitting-in at one of the many jam sessions across the region would be of benefit - check 'em out, Emily!

On Green Dolphin Street (heard last night on Alan Barnes' gig - see review), Our Love is Here to Stay (McDermott getting to know Ira Gershwin's lyrics - In time the Rockies may crumble...), the boys in the band shared the solos, both the frontline of trumpeter Lucien Guest and Haaruun Miller playing alto and soprano saxophones, and the ace rhythm section - Tom Henery, guitar, and the excellent bass and drums pairing of Alex Shipsey and Dylan Thompson.

The Early Birds have been working on My Favorite Things. Haaruun tackled the number the last time the Early Birds got together here at the Lit and Phil, and today, with Coltrane's take in mind, he had another go at it. This time he had Emily alongside to add Julie Andrews-like vocals. Now then, about those jam sessions...         

So, another productive Saturday morning at the Lit and Phil. There is more to come. 

Russell 


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