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August

Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm. Free.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Preview: Jo Harrop, Vasilis Xenopoulos, Paul Edis Trio, Ed Cross String Quartet @ Sage Gateshead

Forget about the Spice Girls at the Stadium of Light on Thursday (June 6) There's a much bigger deal at Sage Gateshead that very same night.

The Paul Edis* Trio with super songstress Jo Harrop and the ever popular saxist Vasilis Xenopoulos are in concert having just played a reportedly tremendous gig down at London's 606 Club.
Let Paul tell us more about the upcoming Sage gig.

"About 10 years ago I got a call from my good friend, saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos. I’d met Vasilis when I was studying at music college in London. We’d played together loads as a duo then, and since I returned to the North East he’d started making what have now become almost annual trips to perform (he now considers himself an honorary Geordie!). 

Vas was on a gig that day with a London based singer, originally from 'up north' who was looking for a pianist for a gig later in the year. The singer was Jo Harrop, who it turns out had grown up in Chester-le-Street, just a few streets away from my family home! It took a Greek - based in London - to introduce us..! Since then, Jo too has made regular appearances in the region performing at Sage Gateshead, Ushaw College, Gala, Jazz Cafe and elsewhere. 

On Thursday next week (June 6) I'm really excited to be joined by Jo and Vasilis, alongside Russ Morgan (drums) Andy Champion (bass) and the Ed Cross string quartet to perform original songs and new arrangements from the Great American Songbook inspired by the themes of ‘Time and Place’. 

Tickets are still available via this link: https://sagegateshead.com/whats-on/paul-edis/
YouTube clip from '606' Club."

However, there is more! On Friday lunchtime (June 7) Paul and Vasilis perform a duo set at the Gala Theatre, Durham. Early booking is essential for this popular venue.

And still more! On Friday evening at Ushaw College Paul, Vasilis, Andy Champion and Russ Morgan play a quartet gig in a truly majestic setting.

Three unmissable gigs!
Lance.

* Paul Edis is currently Sage Gateshead’s Associate Artist which is funded with support from PRS for Music Foundation. Sage Gateshead support artists by creating opportunities for performance, commissions and touring as well as the chance to work closely with Royal Northern Sinfonia and their classical, jazz, folk and choral youth ensembles.

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