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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Paul Edis & Friends: A Jazzy Christmas @ Sage Gateshead - Dec. 21 (afternoon performance)

 (Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Malcolm Sinclair)

Well what can I say? Steve's review of last night's gig at Ushaw summed it up perfectly so, rather than act as an echo, I'll merely mention a couple of things that he didn't.

Firstly, I'm told that the Ushaw gig pulled in even more punters than Alan Barnes did on his last gig at the venue. To outdraw Alan Barnes anywhere is surely worthy of a place in the jazz equivelant of the Guinness Book of Records!

Given that the Sage Gateshead gig I'm reviewing was an afternoon event it enabled Paul to draw a couple of delightful children on stage to shake jingle bells along with the band. The two girls loved it and so did the audience.


The Carol of the Bells featured Megan on piccolo but also had all of the horns playing a Mozartian fugue-like arrangement.

The second set opened with the trio playing tribute to Bill Evans with Santa Claus is Coming to Town! Blue Monk and, was it Whirlybird Foo Birds (Flight of the) from the Atomic Mr Basie that somehow crept in and did no harm at all?

Jo and Paul - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. We already had, this was the icing on top of the marzipan. 

In three years this show has gone from one to four appearances and most of them playing to near capacity crowds. Next year they should start touring it in September except these musicians are so much in demand that Christmas would have to be shifted around the calender to suit them!
Lance
Paul Edis (piano/vocal); Jo Harrop (vocal); Emma Fisk (violin); Matt Anderson (tenor/soprano saxes); Graham Hardy (trumpet/flugelhorn); Jason Holcomb (trombone); Megan Robinson (flute/piccolo); Faye Thompson (alto sax/clarinet); Francis Tulip (guitar); Andy Champion (bass); Russ Morgan (drums).

1 comment :

Steve T said...

I bet you think I was still at the bar and missed the Bill Evans piano trio.

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