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Bebop Spoken There

Horace Silver: "I like a person who can improvise inside, outside and through the chord changes" - (Crescendo July 1975).


Sarah Moule: “They [jazz musicians] are on the borders of society. It's not a proper job and it's hard to make a living. To me the floating world felt like our world and Fran's [Fran Landesman] and it's different to the one most people inhabit.” – (Jazz Journal January 2015).


Today Sunday October 4

James Harrison - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 233 1010. 2pm- 5pm.
Alan Law - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12.30pm. 0191 2399924.
Smokin' Spitfires - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 12:30pm. £6.50. Bubble Foundation fundraiser.
Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, 82 Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9LN. Doors 12 noon.
Toby Delius Trio - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. £8/£6. 8pm. 0191 2603246. JNE gig.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Red House Farm Pub & Restaurant, Hepscott Drive, Whitley Bay NE25 9XJ. 8pm. Free.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Paul Edis Sextet - Splinter @ The Bridge.

Paul Edis (pno): Chris Hibbard (tmb); Graham Hardy (tpt/flug); Graeme Wilson (ten); Mick Shoulder (bs); John Hirst (dms).
My Heart Belongs To Daddy, one of only two non-originals - Black Orpheus being the other - got the set rolling in fine style. Tightly arranged with a distinct west coast feel to it -as "our man in Hong Kong" Colin Aitchison, here on a fleeting visit, astutely pointed out. The soloists are brilliant but the band's ultimate strength is in the arrangements and the compositions mainly by Edis. One piece, the title of which escapes me, had a distinct Mingus feel, another an Ellingtonian concept whilst still maintaining Edis' own individuality throughout.
It was good to meet up with Colin (pictured on the left with myself) again and pleased that he can return to somewhere east of Suez with good memories of jazz today in the north-east (and the taste of some fine real ale).
Colin, incidentally, can be heard on trumpet tomorrow (Monday) afternoon at the Crescent Club in Cullercoats and tomorrow night at the Corner House, Heaton with the Vieux Carré Jazzmen.


1 comment :

  1. Enjoyed a new (to me) original: Revel in Ravel (?)
    Special mention, also, to John Hirst whom I have only heard in the relatively hushed confines of the Cherry Tree. Here he really cut loose on Angular, Not Like Me and Blues for Dad. Never mind Revel in Ravel - his drumming was a revelation, too! Well done!


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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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