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George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Friday, May 03, 2019

Simon Spillett & Paul Edis @ Gala Theatre, Durham - May 3

Simon Spillett (tenor sax); Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/PHOTOS courtesy of Malcolm Sinclair)

Another full house at the Gala Theatre, little surprise given the quality musicians on the stand. Paul Edis, promoter of the monthly Friday lunchtime concert series, invited Simon Spillett to travel north to play a duo set, the first of two performances today for the tenor saxophonist who has an evening engagement with Edis' trio at Ushaw College.

The tenor sax-piano gig kicked-off with Kurt Weill's Speak Low. Spillett is the sort of tenor player who takes a good look at a tune, playing with unrivalled authority and his musical partner on this Durham session can be said to do much the same from the piano stool. A big sound, executing ideas with astonishing dexterity, the sartorially elegant Spillett acknowledged the round of applause which greeted his opening solo. 
Pianist Edis matched our visitor solo for solo, the two men clearly comfortable in one another's company. Alone Together (Spillett said it seemed appropriate to play it as a duo) then a cut from his first album - Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most - held the audience spellbound. Spillett generously, and rightly, said of Paul Edis: Paul is a fabulous jazz piano player, you shouldn't take him for granted, he's a great player. Well, said, sir!

A Weaver of Dreams - ah, yes! One of the great tunes, certainly for a tenor player, a magical moment. Spillett introduced Leroy Anderson's I Never Know When to Say When saying the number was a gem of a ballad from the otherwise unsuccessful 1958 Broadway show Goldilocks. No doubt Mr Anderson would have been tickled pink to hear Spillett and Edis play his tune all of sixty years on.

The one hour Gala Theatre performance flew by and our duo went out on a sparkling Oleo. At the time of writing there is still time to make your way to Ushaw College for this evening's concert featuring Simon Spillett (tenor sax) with the Paul Edis Trio: Edis (piano), Andy Champion (bass) and the fabulous Abbie Finn (drums). 7:30pm start, £8, pay on the door. Sat Nav users should use the DH7 7DW postcode.
Russell
PHOTOS 

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I must say this was something special, fantastic playing from both and Tenor playing very much in the Tubby Hayes mould which was great to hear.