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Bebop Spoken There

Red Nichols: “Bix could do more on one note than any group of 100 cornet players and you can put me at the last.” – (DownBeat August 1937).

Jimmy Cobb: “A lot of places we played in the States weren't ready for Trane's thing. At one club, a woman stood up and yelled at Miles, 'Make him stop.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 16


James Harrison Trio - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Giles Strong Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Julija Jacenaite & Friends - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Paul Edis Sextet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:30pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

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

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Kommunity, Market Street, Newcastle NE1 6BH. 7:30pm. ‘End of Term Party’ promoted by NUJO (various performers, some from NUJO).

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Matt Anderson & Paul Edis @ The Lit & Phil - June 30

Matt Anderson (tenor saxophone) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo by Brian Ebbatson)

Is this where the harpsichord recital is?
 Er? No, it’s jazz, tenor saxophone and piano.
Our recital goer paid the admission!
Leeds College of Music alumnus Matt Anderson, these days based in London, jumped on a train at breakfast time, arriving in Newcastle at around midday to play a duo concert with Paul Edis. A rainy day in town, would numbers be down? Not likely! The Loftus Room in the Lit & Phil was as near its capacity as always. Fridays, monthly, are the new late night jazz session.
A one hour set found Matt and Paul contributing tunes of their own interspersed with a standard or two. Matt’s Burning Man, Paul’s Regret (a world premiere, no less!), a reworking of Edelweiss, the duo have worked together several times over the last two or three years, and this renewal resulted in a high-level empathetic performance. Perhaps the duo will take their partnership on the road. As the Loftus Room is conducive to acoustic performance it made a pleasant change to see the place free of amplifiers, cables and pedal boards.

Matt’s It’s Later Than You Think (to do with sundials and their inscriptions – aka graffiti), heard Matt projecting his secure, fulsome sound, and on Nordic Blues Paul stretched out, crafting one of many first-rate solos on material he sees on an occasional basis – ie when they play a gig together. Two Birmingham Conservatoire undergraduates were in town. One of them well acquainted with Paul’s piano-playing, the other, a pianist making a first visit to Newcastle, the young man was impressed!
The hour flew by, another excellent Lit & Phil gig. Next month’s concert – July 21st – presents Ruth Lambert with her new band featuring Alan Law, piano, Neil Harland, double bass and Russ Morgan drums. One o’clock start, arrive early as seats are at a premium and this concert is likely to sell out.

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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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