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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Preview: Greg Abate w. Paul Edis Trio @ Black Swan - Nov. 7

(Preview by Lance)

Back in the day when the late Chris Yates was at the helm of JNE the Corner House regularly played host to top American stars such as Lockjaw Davis, Joe Newman, Art Farmer and many many more. Sadly, like dear Chris, most of those greats are now gone and there have been few to replace them - who indeed could?

Answer in two words: Greg Abate!

The American alto sax/flute player has made several visits to Tyneside and it has to be said that he has never disappointed unlike some  'names' back in 'the good old days' who, shall we say, were sometimes past their best...

Not so Greg, his playing has been a constant delight on each and every visit. Even now DownBeat's critics still consider him a 'rising star' - if his star, musically speaking, rises any higher he'll be playing How Low the Moon

Working with the Paul Edis Trio (once more) we can rest assured that those who appreciate solid, swinging, modern jazz without any bells and whistles are in for a dream night. Get your tickets now because, if you were planning to opt for the Gala duo gig with Paul on Friday as an alternative, there were, at last count, only 3 seats left which gives you an indication of the demand to hear Greg and to hear him with a top class trio at a two set gig is likely to be even more stupendous  to quote a Charlie Parker number. Who knows? - Greg may have Stupendous in his repertoire but, even if not, this gig will be an unmissable experience for ornithologists - they may find some exquisite new species flying around the room!
Lance.

Greg Abate w Paul Edis Trio - Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). A Black Swan-JNE co-promotion.

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