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Friday, May 08, 2020

Paul Edis: VE Day Lockdown Live! - May 8

Paul Edis (piano, vocals)

Lunchtime Jazz - Paul Edis Solo read the on-screen caption. Solo, yes, but not alone, with a worldwide VE Day audience watching on. Pianist Edis had been thinking about this one, doing some research to present a themed performance on the 75th anniversary of VE Day.  

A vocal number to start - Long Ago and Far Away - with several others to follow during an hour-long set, Edis took the time to credit the composers, seeking to place the numbers in historical context. Two tunes associated with the anti-fascist movements of the time - Bella Ciao and Le Chant Des Partisans - struck the right note on another sunny, Lockdown Friday. Against expectations, at least for your reviewer, We'll Meet Again worked. Perhaps it shouldn't have come as a surprise given that it was Dr Edis at the keyboard!

Take the A Train with a hint of Monk in the right hand, Moonlight in Vermont (commenting on the structure of the the lyrics Edis alluded to a Lit & Phil Haiku competition!) and a respectful A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square proved to be just three of today's many highlights. C Jam Blues took it out - were you blowing your horn from your seat in Edis' virtual orchestra?  

The set list: Long Ago and Far AwayStar EyesBella CiaoTake the A TrainWe'll Meet AgainGone with the WindEdelweissLe Chant Des PartisansMoonlight in VermontI Should CareA Nightingale Sang in Berkeley SquareC Jam Blues


1 comment :

Lance said...

Yes Moonlight in Vermont (requested by yours truly) is unique in as much as being one of the few songbook classics without a single rhyme. Can anyone think of another?

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