James Birkett and Bradley Johnston
Paul Edis writes about the lunchtime jazz series at the Lit and Phil, near Newcastle rail station.
March 27th – James Birkett (Guitar) and Bradley Johnston (Guitar)
From Eddie Lang, through Django Reinhardt, to Pat Metheny and beyond, the guitar continues to have a universal appeal. James and Bradley present a programme of music by some of the most influential players of the last hundred years – taking the audience on a musical journey which moves from early jazz and blues, through swing and bebop, to cool and contemporary jazz.
April 24th – Paul Edis (Piano) and Graham Hardy (Trumpet)
Graham Hardy is an extremely versatile and talented Trumpeter, composer and
arranger, well known on the local scene as a sideman in the Sue Ferris Quintet, the Paul Edis Sextet and the Mick Shoulder Quintet as well as leading his own band the Northern Monkey Brass Band. He teams up for this gig with Paul Edis, described as a ‘brilliant young pianist’ (Alyn Shipton, The Guardian) to perform a concert that includes music by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis alongside original material from the duo.
May 22nd – Triptych – Paul Edis (piano) Paul Susans (bass) and Rob Walker (drums)
Triptych is a new trio featuring Paul Edis (piano) Rob Walker (drums) and Paul Susans (bass). All three members of the group bring a diverse repertoire and extensive experience to create new interpretations of old standards alongside new compositions, often with a rhythmic twist!
June 19th – Mo Scott Trio – Mo Scott (voice) Paul Edis (piano) and Neil Harland (bass)
Mo, who has established a reputation through performances at major jazz and blues festivals, is regarded as one of the most exciting female singers around. Carrying on in the tradition of the great female vocalists, she perform a variety of music ranging from the most ‘delicate' of jazz ballads to ‘hot' blues. This trio, with pianist Paul Edis and bassist Neil Harland sees Mo leading a band that can truly swing and groove and provide the perfect back drop for some great songs.
July 17th – Sue Ferris Trio – Sue Ferris (sax/flute) Paul Edis (piano) and Neil Harland (bass)
Talented Saxophonist and Flautist Sue Ferris has performed in numerous groups in the North East and beyond. Her trioplays swinging straight ahead jazz rooted in the music of the 'Great American Songbook'.
The Literary and Philosophical Society, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1SE.
All concerts are 1-2pm, tickets are £4 on the door