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Billy Cobham: "Miles said to us, 'Don't play in between takes,' so of course John [McLaughlin] played in between takes." - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019).

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Today Friday November 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Sue Ferris Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00. Pub adjacent to Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Mick Shoulder Quintet - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Tenement Jazz Band - Theatre Hullabaloo, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 405405. 8:00pm. £14.00. Darlington NOJB.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Ishmael Ensemble - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, Newcastle NE2 1AP. 8:00pm. £7.47.

Catfish Keith - Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Durham DH1 2HX. 8:30pm. £18.00. + £1.80. bf.

The Odels - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Alice Grace & Paul Edis @ Jazz Cafe Mezzanine - Nov. 6

Alice Grace (vocals); Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell)

Newcastle Arts Centre's mezzanine cafe was standing room only today and little wonder with Alice Grace and Paul Edis  working together for the first time as a duo. Anyone unfamiliar with either musician's work would never have guessed this was a scratch pairing. Alice insisted they hadn't rehearsed, they simply met up, agreed a set list and went for it. 

Loud applause greeted each and every solo with some in the room frequently whistling their appreciation. Days of Wine and Roses opened the set and the pattern was set...loud applause and whistling followed by loud applause and whistling. Chick Corea worked with vocalist Bobby McFerrin on the pianist's composition Windows. Here on Westgate Road Alice penned her own lyrics to the tune as Paul adopted the role of Corea. Thoughts turned to a Gig of the Year nomination.

Blame it on My Youth sang Alice - simply marvellous. Similarly I'm Old Fashioned, a number Alice hadn't previously sung but was inspired to do so having recently heard Claire Martin sing the Jerome Kern/Johnny Mercer standard with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band. Wonderful scatting by Alice, superb piano playing by Paul.  

Alice suggested Autumn Nocturne. As Paul found the chart Alice said she would have to sing it in a different key. Turning to her duo partner she said: Should we do something else? Paul replied: No, I'll transpose it. Sure enough, our pianist did just that. Clever stuff! Clifford Brown's Joy Spring brought to a close a superb first set.

King Pleasure's Swan Blues (a reworking of Gene Ammons' Hittin' the Jug) worked brilliantly. Alice pointed to Pleasure's uber cool vocal. Well, how about Alice's uber cool vocal? Sensational! BSH insists they reprise this one at their next gig! But Not for MeLadies in Mercedes (comp. Steve Swallow, lyrics Norma Winstone), Devil May CareThe Nearness of You (a request), a Gig of the Year nomination was all but assured. 

It had been a treat listening to Alice and Paul, it's inconceivable that they won't work together again. I Thought About You then Taking a Chance on Love, cue applause, our duo taking a bow, they must do it again. 
Russell.

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