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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the be
st of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Paul Edis Trio @ The Jazz Café August 8

Paul Edis (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Mike Tilley.)
Previous keyboardists had opted for Nords and Rolands and other 'thingys' but Dr Edis elected to use the much maligned steam piano.
Tonight, that noble animal, under the capable jockey-ship of Paul Edis, proved itself to be no longer a selling plater but a potential Derby winner!
The trainer, or rather the tuner, had done the job well and the sound was superb, as was the playing.
Opening up with What is This Thing Called Love? (surrounded as I was by three charming ladies it was a question I too posed!) Paul impressed and the inevitable round of fours that are de rigueur with trios didn't do too much harm (actually they were great!)
Bill Evans' Very Early was a tasteful tribute to one of our pianist's major inspirations. Stomping at the Savoy - the Benny Goodman classic from the 1930s  - led us to Milt Jackson's Bags' Groove before that most sensitive piece of Michel Legrand's - It Must be Spring.  Tadd Dameron's  Ladybird rounded off a splendid set.
The room was reasonably crowded, the Pinot Grigot and the Geordie Jazz ensured that nobody died of thirst, whilst the musical tastebuds were well and truly sated!
How could they not be with a version of Body and Soul that began with Claude's (Debussy that is) Apres-midi d'un Faune? Throw in Unsquare Dance, Lullaby of Birdland, Rhythm-a -ning and Scrapple From the Apple and the result was an evening of pianistic delights - and that is without mentioning Mick Shoulder's bass playing. His intro to Bag's Groove just superb and his solos and support were as sound as Adam Sinclair's cymbals. What a drummer! So laid back but, when the chips are down, he's your man!
It was raining so heavily Arks were on standby but Who Cares? (to quote another number) after tonight I'd gladly have swum home. Instead I just floated...  


JC said...

Great session with the trio as you say but since Debussy gets a nod, it's worth recording that the piece that segued into Scrapple From the Apple was Paul Edis's own beautiful composition From Nothing to Nowhere from his solo album.

Patti D. said...

Ah - I thought it was Debussy too! Just goes to show ..... but what an excellent gig.

Lance said...

It WAS Debussy! JC is referring to a piece played later. We're ALL right!

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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.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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