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Curtis Stigers: “I’m a jazz singer. I’m not a saxophonist. When I stand in front of a band like the Danish Radio Big Band or Ronnie Scott’s, I usually tend to leave the instrument on the stand.” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Tamsin Austin, Director of Performance Programme, Sage Gateshead: “SummerTyne is our largest festival and we absolutely love it!” – (The Northern Echo 20 July 2017)

Today Friday July 21

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
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SummerTyne Americana Festival 2017 - Sage Gateshead. Day 0ne of three. Details. From 12 noon all day.
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Ruth Lambert Quartet - The Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Alice Grace Trio - Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Belinda Voshtina & James Harrison - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. Free.
Washboard Resonators - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

GIJF Day 3: Paul Edis (Solo piano) @ Sage Gateshead - April 2


(Review by Steve T/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
Ms Alex is absolutely right, it's the concourse which turns a series of concerts into a festival, and what better way is there to arrive than in the presence of his lordship himself?
Most pianists just do their thing and, if the audience don't get it, that's their fault for being philistines. Not so Lord Paul who knows he's there to entertain as well as educate and has developed into a real master, comfortable, warm and witty in his announcements and in his choice of music.
A full concourse found me sat, table-less, in the corner for a selection from his double-CD solo piano album and some Gershwin thrown in. The omission of Vignette will inevitably disappoint, but I totally get he doesn't want to wheel it out each time, and it's the cross he must bear for creating a masterpiece which can stand with any name you can think of.
He's such an unassuming presence, it's easy to forget what an all-rounder he is, putting tasteful musicality ahead of showing off so that when the music requires it, he can throw a torrent of notes at you which takes your breath away.
An English Country Garden and Greensleeves had people of all ages, passers-by and Jazz geeks, beaming all over their faces.
Steve T.

1 comment :

  1. Wonderful piano player. We loved every minute of Paul's performance. Our table gave him a well deserved standing ovation. Pity some folks missed it. Although everyone just walking through stopped in their tracks.

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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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