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13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event.

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm).

Friday, February 26, 2021

Paul Edis & Vasilis Xenopoulos live streaming the music of Jerome Kern - Feb. 26

Paul Edis (piano); Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor sax)

Download PDF said the link. Er? At the last minute the penny dropped - open file! And there they were, Paul and Vasilis sitting in London's Rokit Studio. All the Things You Are opened the set, an all Jerome Kern special. Excellent! Online comments - 'critics' joked Paul - advised the studio piano was too low in the mix. Vasilis adjusted the sound. Good. However, our tenor sax star then forgot to talk into a mic! Such are the hazards of the live stream...

I'm Old Fashioned. Vasilis revealed that he first heard the tune on the first album he bought in his teens - John Coltrane's Blue Trane. This evening's version would be a first for Vasilis, playing it as a ballad. Yesterdays, from the musical Roberta, Vasilis was at pains to point out that learning a song's lyrics is good policy in order to get a feel for the piece. Many a musician would concur. 

Dearly Beloved with lyrics by Johnny Mercer (Paul couldn't remember who the lyricist was, Wikipedia comes in useful!) was given a twist, not least Vasilis' commanding tenor playing. Long Ago and Far Away featured Vasilis in fine form matched by Paul's equally fine contribution. A ballad to close the set, a common bond between our two musicians, Eddie Harvey, tutor to both Vasilis and Paul, advised his student Mr. V. Xenopoulos that a musician can never know too many tunes. What good advice! The Folks Who Live on the Hill was one of them. Vasilis and Paul played it. Magnificent. One online comment from John Marlor (a great supporter of the north east jazz scene) said Eddie Harvey would have been proud of Vasilis and Paul. Quite. 

Vasilis wanted to play one more. Look for the Silver Lining. Class playing, and, what's more, the plan is do this again. Perhaps on a monthly basis. Why not suggest a composer for next time? The GASbook alone is a rich seam waiting to be mined.  
Russell

Set list: All the Things You AreNobody Else but MeYesterdaysDearly BelovedLong Ago and Far AwayThe Folks Who Live on the HillLook for the Silver Lining

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