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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.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Book Review: Andrew Cartmel - Flip Back

(Review by Lance)

The Vinyl Detective is back! Accompanied by his lovely partner, Nevada, his best friend Tinkler and the unrequited love of the latter's life, Agatha DuBois-Kanes, also known as Clean Head, he sets off on a quest to locate a rare piece of vinyl.

Needless to say, the search doesn't start and end in a charity shop or a record fair, it's never that simple. There are murders and mysteries, even a suggestion of the occult and the dark arts and no one is quite what they seem to be.


Although the record they seek isn't jazz, but folk-rock, there are plenty of jazz references peppering the pages - Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz and Nat Adderley are mentioned in passing indicating where our hero's heart (and that of the author) lies. 

The locale switches from London to an island not unlike Holy Island, if that Northumbrian beauty spot had relocated to a spot just off the coast at Sunderland -  references to the A690 and East Herrington add authenticity.

Like the three previous adventures, Flip Back is a page-turner full of humour and crisp dialogue that Chandler or Hammett would have been proud of and, like Hammett's The Continental Op, we never discover the Vinyl Detective's name. There's also the human touch in the way Nevada phones their catsitter to check that the two felines, Turk and Fanny are ok. Don't laugh, it's what we cat-people do.
Highly recommended - can't wait until the next one!
Lance
Titan books: ISBN 978178565893.
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