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16034 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1041 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov. 27).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:30pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: The Central Bar Quartet @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The Central Bar Quartet plays Lou Donaldson’s Gravy Train. Featuring Jamie Toms.
Sun 03: Paul Skerritt @ Smith’s Arms, Carlton, Stockton-on-Tees. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: Johnny Hunter Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Jam session @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 04: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ People’s Kitchen, Bath Lane, Newcastle. From 5:30pm. On-street gig supporting the work of the People’s Kitchen charity. Wrap up warm! Donate!
Mon 04: Michael Young Trio w Lindsay Hannon @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm. Free.
Mon 04: James Birkett Trio @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.
Mon 04: Durham University Jazz Orchestra + Durham University Big Band @ Durham Castle DH1 3RW. 8:30pm. £6.00.; £5.00. concs; £4.00. DSM. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Tue 05: Customs House Big Band @ All Saints Church, Cleadon. 7:00pm. Concert in the church hall. BYOB.
Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Michael Young, Paul Grainger, Sid White. The best free show in town!

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 8:00pm. Free. Note later start time, concert performance (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free CANCELLED!
Thu 07: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay, Newcastle. 12 noon - 4:00pm. £26.00 (inc 3-course meal in in St Mary's Lighthouse Suite). SOLD OUT!
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.Donations. Feat. Mark Sanders. CANCELLED!
Thu 07: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Downstairs.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Woodland Village Hall, Bishop Auckland. 7:00pm. £12.00.
Fri 08: Sleep Suppressor + Redwell @ Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. adv); £5.00. student.
Fri 08: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth, Co. Durham.
Fri 08: Têtes de Pois + Nauta @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £12.00., £8.00.

Sat 09: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Sat 09: Abbie Finn Trio @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 09: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Middleton & Todridge Village Hall, Morpeth. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sat 09: Paul Skerritt @ Slaley Hall, Hexham NE47 0BX. 7:30pm. From £42.00.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Vasilis Xenopoulos-Paul Edis Quartet @ the Globe, Newcastle - Oct. 16

(© Ken Drew)

Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute); Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (double bass); Steve Hanley (drums) + Ferg Kilsby (trumpet, flugel).

The fourth and final chapter of this ongoing north east saga drew to a close at the Globe where a goodly throng were witness to what most, indeed probably all, rated as the gig of the year so far.

Having read my worthy constituent's glowing reviews of the previous three gigs I felt complacent. This will be easy. I'll just steal a sentence or two here and there, shuffle them around a bit then job well done!

However, as in all good stories there's always an unexpected twist in the final chapter. We all know that the boy will get the girl and the killer will be unmasked but which boy and which villain did the dastardly deed? As they say in grand opera, it isn't over until the fat lady sings.

(© Ken Drew)
The fat lady in this case turned out to be neither fat nor a lady but the slim 17-years-old trumpet player from local band Knats - Ferg Kilsby - blowing some of the hottest trumpet on Tyneside since the days of Mike Gilby. More on this young man later.

Most of the first set and some of the second consisted of numbers played on the previous gigs and based, sometimes deviously, around the theme of 'home'.

(© Ken Drew)
Vasi was simply tremendous, as we've come to expect ever since he first showed on Tyneside in 2008. Back then I came up with the heading Be Aware of Greeks Blowing Riffs. I think everybody's aware of this particular Grecian saxophone god by now! The technique and the tone are modern albeit not without some olde school gutsiness when playing a blues. And when it comes to playing a ballad, outside of Peggy Lee's legendary vocal masterpiece, I doubt if you'll ever hear a better version of The Folks Who Live on the Hill.

He went into Coltranic territory when he played curved soprano - an instrument that is always more sympathetic to my ears than the straight version. The flute didn't project quite as well as his other horns but that could have been due to monitoring problems. Still sounded good though.

Paul Edis - what can I say? He never fails to impress either as a player, a composer or as a raconteur. It was in this latter category that, during some waffle about a raffle, he drew attention to the fact that the Globe didn't have a raffle which in many instances is the difference between life and death for a lot of jazz clubs. Given the large attendance last night the coffers could have been swelled handsomely for the small expense (or donation) of a book of verse, a jug of wine and a thou (or maybe a packet of biscuits). 

The bass and drums pairing of Champion and Hanley worked a treat. The former is comparable with any bass player in the UK maybe beyond whilst the latter's amazing brush solo on Edis' Mikey's Samba proved that drummers too have feelings.

(© Ken Drew)
Which brings us to the fat lady singing. As stated earlier Ferg isn't a lady and whilst he may not be fat, fat could be appropriate as on the final Dexterology, Vasi's tribute to Dexter Gordon, Ferg had a tone that brought to mind Fats Navarro (along with Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard). This young man will go far. He confessed earlier to being, shall we say nervous? However, once the chips were down any apprehension vanished and he proved he was Premier League material. 

As Paul Skerritt sang at the Westovian last week this was Such a Night, it really was! Lance


Brian Bennett said...

Excellent review, Lance, underpinned by Ken Drew’s superb pic’s. Tip-top jazz blogging.

Anonymous said...

excellent gig, but it will be the last time I ask a musician what time the gig ends as I intend to book a taxi, he told me 22.30 the latest, so to be on the safe side I booked 22.35, it was about that time when the sax musician announced to my embarrassment that some one asked him what time the gig finishes, well I saw the taxi was outside, so I had no choice but to get up to get my coat on, and off course everyone in the room knew it was me who asked the musician, still missed the end, next time I will consult my crystal ball!

Brian Shine

Hugh said...

Great story... that name at the end a pseudonym in view of the "anonymous" tag at the top? Better get your raincoat, dark glasses and pork pie hat ready for the next gig you attend!

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