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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...

June

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 20 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £4.00. Note new venue!
Thu 20: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £29.00., £23.00. Folk/jazz duo.
Thu 20: Richard Herdman & Ray Burns @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Dave Harrison (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Paul Edis: Live stream #17 - July 10

Paul Edis (piano, vocals)

This week the Vietnamese branch of PEAS* upped sticks out of Saigon to the beach resort of Mūi Né...lucky for some. Meanwhile back in Ol' Blighty the rest of us were out and about dodging showers before settling down with a cuppa to watch and listen to week seventeen (!) of Paul Edis' Friday lunchtime live stream concert series. 

How Deep is the Ocean? pondered pianist Edis. 12,100 ft, apparently (our host obtained the answer to the question thanks to an internet search engine). From Irving Berlin to Harold Arlen's Come Rain or Come Shine (in Ol' Blighty definitely rain and shine and yet more rain, probably too darn hot in Mūi Né) with Edis singing for the first and only time today. Edis thought the only time he'd played Jobim's Felicidade was as a duo with Alan Barnes. So, for a second time, Edis played it today as a solo piece.

John Lewis' elegant Skating in Central Park (Edis making reference to the Bill Evans-Jim Hall recording) oozed class, as did The Best Things in Life Are Free (written for the 1927 musical Good News). An 'in-the-style-of' original number - McCoin a Phrase - had been performed previously, Edis identifying one occasion as being a gig he played with the Sue Ferris Quintet at Newcastle's Bridge Hotel. BSH has reviewed at least one other Edis gig at which this composition was played (Darlington Jazz Club, October 2017) and at the time your reviewer took a stab at the title...McCoin a Phrase. The odds are that was, and is, an incorrect spelling! McCoyne? McCoy Tyner being the composer's inspiration, alternative suggestions as to the correct spelling of the title are welcome. 

Cole Porter's I Concentrate on You prompted online comment about the tune's alternative titles...it's a musicians' thing. BSH Editor-in-Chief LL requested Blue Champagne. Edis confessed he was unfamiliar with the number...join the club! Jimmy Dorsey recorded it in 1941, Manhattan Transfer in 1975. Its inclusion in today's set list helped maintain Edis' proud record of not having repeated a number during seventeen weeks of lockdown performances. A question to those listening intently, at the end of the tune did Dr Edis quote Mean to Me?

Speaking of titles and their spelling...Coltrane-ing or Coltran-ing or, who knows? Some years ago this Edis composition was performed at a Lindy Hop gig! This afternoon we heard it played as a solo piano piece. Coltrane...Lindy Hop, why not?! The correct spelling of the title? Answers on a postcard! Two numbers left, Edis' Regret, followed by another Cole Porter tune, My Heart Belongs to Daddy. It had been another hour of great piano playing, more next week (one o'clock Friday). 

 Paul Edis Appreciation Society.
Russell

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