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13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...

October

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music: Paul Edis @ the Lit & Phil - Oct. 2

(© Ken Drew)
Paul Edis (piano)

The Lit & Phil's piano took a little bit of extra tuning thanks to Kit Downes' prepared piano concert the previous evening. At one o'clock, a man not unknown to a Westgate Road audience, sat at the newly tuned Kawai. Paul Edis attracted a near full house to hear him play his The Still Point of the Turning World CD in its entirety.   

Nine tracks, each one played as per the CD's running order, beginning with Dig Deep. Serene, becalmed, the first of many 'still points' during the concert performance. Wholly in command, Paul appeared to be at ease: familiarity with the piano, the Saturday lunchtime audience very much 'on side'. Jerome Kern's Nobody Else but Me (one of two non-original compositions on the Lateralize Records' album), Muddle Through, originally written for the composer's acclaimed sextet, Detour Behind a nod to Detour Ahead (comp. Ellis/Frigo/Carter) and Coltrane, Naima in particular, our exiled north easterner was in fine form. 

(© Ken Drew)
Cluster Fluster (a cluster of notes and such stuff), Start Over (a commentary, intentional or not, on our pandemic times!), Will-O'-The-Wisp, Hypnotized and to close, Jean-Paul-Égide Martini's Plaisir d'Amour by way of Fools Rush In (Elvis!) and My God, I Love Thee, Paul suggesting it be considered a 'fantasie' (your correspondent's spelling, as BBC Radio 3's classical music buffs would have it!). It had been fifty minutes or so of immaculate, beautifully crafted music. Russell 

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