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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: "It was about the time that the organ-type piano attachment - the clavioline - was invented. And the poster billing at one place where we played up north announced proudly, but erroneously: "The Johnny Dankworth Seven, featuring Frank Holder and the cleolaine" " - (www.jazzprofessional.com, December 2001).

Mary Lou Williams: “...it was discovered I possessed perfect pitch. Rumour of this oddity spread throughout the school, and pupils would drop pots and pans and other loud objects, asking 'What note, Mary?' (Melody Maker, 1954).

Today Friday May 25

Afternoon

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

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

Evening

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton - Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. £15.30. NRFH. Solo blues, multi-instrumentalist, influences include Fats Waller & Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Shatner’s Bassoon - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £8 (£6 in advance).

Hand to Mouth (Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston) - Vicolo: Live in the Lane, Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. 8:00pm. Free.

Baghdaddies - Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 6:00pm. Online booking: £10.00. + £1.37 booking fee. The Whitley Bay Carnival ‘Big Ball’ featuring debut of the Baghdaddies’ big band line-up.

Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 6:00pm. Free.

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

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.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Paul Edis Trio: The Music of Bill Evans @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. September 27.


Paul Edis (piano), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The Exchange Café in Hexham’s Queen’s Hall Arts Centre attracts the Guardian reader,  the novel reading couple (each reading a different title – now that’s what I call a good night out), the coffee drinker and the beer drinker. The latter, initially disappointed at the absence of a hand-pull, took solace in a small selection of bottled beers (at Guardian reader prices) behind the bar. The house beers, supplied by the Tyne valley’s micro brewery up in the hills at Allendale, included APA (Allendale Pale Ale, 5.5%). It proved palatable. A good number of Arts Centre patrons settled down for an evening of jazz (next week they will get along to a folk gig, the week after a string quartet will tempt them to have a run out in their Tyne Valley Tank - aka 4x4).
Pianist Paul Edis has been researching the music of Bill Evans. This Queen’s Hall gig was the trio’s second opportunity to play Evans’ music following a highly successful first outing earlier this year at a Splinter session at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle. Edis has taken to talking about Evans the man, his life and music, in so doing putting into historical context each tune. Some of the stellar names of modern jazz were musical associates of Evans; George Russell, Scott La Faro, Paul Motian, Jim Hall, Miles Davis, Philly Joe Jones. Some of them became his junkie friends… The Edis trio (Mick Shoulder – double bass, Adam Sinclair – drums) played one wonderful tune after another; Bill’s Hit Tune, Very Early, Funkallero (cookin’), Waltz for Debby, Person I Knew (excellent combination of brushes and bass drum accents from Sinclair). The audience listened reverentially, seemingly frightened to respond. Well…someone had to act as cheer leader – let’s have some applause! That’s better! 
Peace Piece had this listener thinking Satie until Edis corrected such thinking telling us it owed something to Chopin. Peri’s Scope, Turn Out the Stars (a lament for La Faro, killed in an automobile accident), all great tunes, all handled with the utmost sensitivity. Evans experienced much tragedy in his life – the deaths of loved ones and the curse of hard drugs (heroin and cocaine to name but two). Edis chronicled the highs and lows of his subject’s life – the good times of the Riverside years, the lows of addiction. The music lives on and Edis’ project is a joy to listen to. B Minor Waltz, 3/4 Skidoo, Laurie, We Will Meet Again, Five – all great tunes played by the superb Paul Edis Trio.
Russell                                        

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

As a member of the audience at this great gig and also a Guardian reader, I feel I must take issue with the reviewer's stereotyping of this fine group of people. Anyway, the person near me was definitely reading the Journal. True, at times the reverential listening could have been mistaken for somnambulance, but there was generous applause at the end. And if getting such a crowd in can make terrific gigs like this happen, then that's fine by me.
PS - Anyone know the answer to 14 across in today's cryptic crossword - Jazz musician who was also B-grade illusionist (8 letters)?

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