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15087 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 106 of them this year alone and, so far, 4 this month (Feb. 1).

From This Moment On ...

February

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 05: Jam No.13 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students alike).

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Alice Grace & Paul Edis @ Jazz Cafe Mezzanine - Feb 5

Alice Grace (vocals); Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley)

George Shearing, Kenny Garrett, Freddie Hubbard, three seemingly disparate composers with which to open a set. Today's duo on the Mezzanine in Newcastle Arts Centre can handle all kinds of material and so it was that a capacity audience heard Lullaby of BirdlandShe Waits for the New Sun and Little Sunflower

All seats were occupied long before the one o'clock start and little wonder given that this afternoon's concert performance reunited Alice Grace and Paul Edis following their hugely successful first gig working together as a duo in November last year. Horace Silver's Sister Sadie featured a Paul Edis piano solo which matched the composer's effort when he appeared many moons ago at the Newcastle Jazz Festival!  


Alice Grace sang Trudy Kerr's lyrics to Dave Holland's Dream of the Elders and followed up with You Don't Know What Love Is. The art of jazz singing is alive and well in the hands - should that be vocal chords? - of adopted Geordie Ms Grace. A light yet commanding approach, inventive, a wonderful elision of the straight lyric and magical, musical scatting beyond compare. 

The full house hung around for a second set of GASbook to contemporary numbers, a set which opened with the combined talents of Norma Winstone, John Taylor and Alice Grace. A vocal dexterity not dissimilar to Winstone and a love of Taylor's (and Kenny Wheeler's) compositions place Ms Grace at the forefront of today's vocalists capable of singing the GASbook and more contemporary material. 

Scat to die for on If I Should Lose You underpinned by Edis' walking left hand, Midnight Sun (comp. Hampton & Burke) with AG namechecking Ella, Everybody's Song but My Own (comp. K. Wheeler) then, as the three o'clock finish approached, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams or, as Edis quipped, Wrap Your Dreams in Troubles! It had been a wonderful couple of hours or so, Grace and Edis should do it again, after all a capacity audience tells a story.  
Russell

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Alice Grace & Paul Edis what a jazz duo! an absolute delight, we live in a contemporary world that has some good stuff that was displayed by Alice and Paul, but an ultra sound stereo injection of the GASB juice gave the second half real class, midnight sun, you don't know what love is, and if I should lose you, had me saying YES! YES! YES!, I really can't help myself, men with white coats will one day take me away to a place that grown ups seldom understand.
I spent the first 25 years of my life living in London, and I have to that Alice Grace a fellow Londoner really hit the nail on the head
about London, the North East is far better, I hope that Paul Edis has a fruitful time in London, but a short one, Jazz in the north east is poorer without him.

BRIAN SHINE

JERRY said...

I've been to the original Jazz Cafe before, but never to the mezzanine: a great venue. especially for a gig of this kind. As for the music, I agree with all the above (Russell's review and the comment)- both sets were fantastic but, for me, the stand-out number was Sister Sadie. Unforgettable!
JERRY

Patti said...

All of the above, plus Russell's review - I'm adding my agreement. Aren't we lucky to live in Geordieland - I say that as a transplanted Southerner! And aren't we doubly lucky to have amazing performers like Alice and Paul - with venues like this right here.

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