Paul Edis Trio – In A Mellow Tone (aka “mellotone”) – Lunchtime Jazz @ the Lit and Phil

Another video from the Paul Edis Trio at the Literary and Philosophical Society “Lunchtime Jazz” session. With a difference! Great sound properly recorded by Adam Sinclair (drummer and sound engineer extraordinaire).

This Ellington classic for me, was probably the highlight of the session, great solo intro by Paul on piano, and then a swinging 5 minutes with Mick Shoulder on double bass and Adam Sinclair on drums.

If you want to see more of Paul Edis, he is doing a solo piano session at Splinter @ The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle tonight Sunday 31st March, (along with a great local band “Slow Light Quartet”) and will be at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival with another trio “Watson, Edis & Walker” next weekend. I’ll update you with details of this, and the other sessions at the Sage in the next few days.

Best viewed, as usual, in HD 1080p – change it via the cog icon under the video window after starting.

If you liked the two videos I published earlier this month, you can now see them with new recorded soundfiles. Thanks again to Adam Sinclair for great audio. Have a listen!

“Monks Dream”

“Very Early”

31st March – Slow Light Quartet + Paul Edis (Solo)

Mixing it up a bit this week at Splinter @ The Bridge. The maestro, Paul Edis does a solo piano set followed by new North East band Slow Light Quartet. I’ve just been listening to a few of their numbers on Soundcloud, sounds great. Only £6 entry. You can’t miss it!

Venue: The Bridge Hotel
Doors 7.30pm

Performance: around 8pm

Compassionate Dictatorship – This Sunday Mar 24th – Jazz at Splinter @ The Bridge

Compassionate Dictatorship  –  Sun Mar 24, 2013  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8 ( £ 6 concessions)


Formed in 2007 by guitarist Jez Franks and saxophonist Tori Freestone (at that time both teaching at Leeds College of Music), Compassionate Dictatorship is an outstanding example of young musicians blending the evolving jazz tradition with more contemporary influences, delivering tricky, complex, but always thoroughly accessible music.

Their only previous Tyneside appearance was at the Cluny in February 2009, when they impressed hugely with an approach that was reminiscent of the great Joe Lovano / John Scofield collaboration, but that also, in its fusion of gutsy rock and more considered jazz influences, had touches of UK band Partisans.

That gig came as part of a tour promoting the band’s first CD ‘Coup d’Etat': this was followed by a second album ‘Cash Cows’, with a third, ‘Entertaining Tyrants’, due for release in the weeks before this Bridge Hotel gig. All three albums demonstrate that this is a band that continues to evolve, both in the confidence of the compositions (all of them written by either Franks or Freestone) and in the imaginative interplay between the two front line instruments.

But it’s in live performance that the muscular intelligence of their music can be most fully appreciated, with the interweaving of guitar and horns brilliantly underpinned by bassist Dave Manington (one of the rising stars of the London scene) and the UK’s most in-demand drummer James Maddren. It’s great to have them back in town after their four year absence.

This gig is a co-promotion with Jazz North East

From Andy Champion – New Album and Tour

From Andy Champion:


Exciting things afoot…..
Firstly the new ACV album ‘Busk’ is now available to download from the Babel website –
Secondly we’ll be out on the road for a short tour of the UK through Spring.
25/3 – Capstone Theatre, Liverpool (Jazz North – Northern Line showcase)
03/4 – Dempsey’s, Cardiff
04/4 – The Vortex, London
06/4 – Gateshead International Jazz Festival
19/4 – Fuse Box, Leeds (with World Service Project)
25/4 – HX7 Jazz Club, Hebden Bridge
11/5 – Souhport Jazz Festival
Besides the ACV happenings I’ll also be at the Sage Gateshead International Jazz Festival with Henry Lowther, Tim Whitehead and Northern Sinfonia performing Ian Carr’s suite ‘Northumbian Sketches’ on Saturday 6th April and then on the 7th I’ll be performing a set of completely improvised music with the great Ntshuks Bonga and Corey Mwamba in a support set for Alex Hawkings and Louis Moholo-Moholo.
So a busy month ahead, I can’t wait!
Hope to see you at one or more of the shows.
Best wishes,
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Like –

New ACV Album – Out NOW!

New ACV Album – out now. Go and have a listen HERE!

(And then buy it?!)

On Busk, you’ll hear hints of Canterbury-style Prog rock, weightless free Improv, deep modal swing, and sensitive balladry, delivered by a group at the height of its powers. With all but one of the tunes written by Champion, it signals the next step in the emergence of not just a tough and maneuverable group-mind, but also a serious and focused compositional talent.

Formed in the North East of England by bassist and composer Andy Champion in 2009, the quintet ACV takes contemporary jazz as a starting point from which to branch out into more arcane territory. Busk is the quintet’s second album, the follow-up to their 2010 debut, Fail In Wood. Here, you’ll find the same hunger and enthusiasm that brought their debut to life – but you’ll also find a new-found confidence, a willingness to move beyond conventional structures and let the music move in whatever shapes it needs to.With pristine production by Chris Sharkey (genre-busting guitarist with trioVD and Acoustic Ladyland), Busk is the sound of a group coming of age, spreading its wings and preparing to soar. Now not even the sky is the limit.

Ear Training & Improvisation – Paul Edis – The Lit & Phil

More Ear Training and Improvisation with Paul Edis, tonight at the Literary and Philosophical Society, 7-9, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle

The Ear Training and Improvisation face book page is HERE

It’s free, so even if you haven’t been to the last few classes, go along and join in!

You don’t have to play anything if you don’t want to, you can just listen and ask questions if you want – and learn.


King Bee – Sunday 17th March – Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge Hotel

We expect a full house this Sunday for our local super band, so if you like jazz, funk and jazzy funk, try to get there a bit earlier than normal. £6 entry, doors 7.30pm, performance about 8.15pm. (No wheelchair access- sorry)


King Bee are:-

Dave Wilde – Saxophones & Flute
Graham Hardy – Trumpet
Chris Jelly – Vibraphone
Mark Hand – Fender Rhodes & Moog
Steve Glendinning – Guitar
Dan Brady – Bass
Lloyd Croft – Drums


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The Bridge Hotel,
Castle Square,
Newcastle Upon Tyne,
Tyne and Wear,

Get More Gigs!

Calling all jazz musicians and singers in the north east. We all know how hard it is to get gigs, do not fear, help is on its way!
On April 14th Splinter will host a ‘Get More Gigs’ seminar at The Bridge. It’s free to attend but there is a registration form to fill in on the Jazz North website.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain – unless you don’t want to get more gigs.
You can read all about it here…
The seminar will run between 3pm and 7pm and rather than book a band for the evening gig there will be a jam session instead.

“Very Early” (Bill Evans) – The Paul Edis Trio At The Lit&Phil Lunchtime Jazz Sessions

Jazz At The Literary & Philosophical Society – Friday 8th March 2013

Jazz standards from a very talented bunch of local musicians, and very well supported on a cold winter’s day! Extra seats were called for to see and hear another great rendition by Paul Edis – piano, Mick Shoulder – bass, and Adam Sinclair – drums. This time a Bill Evans number “Very Early”.

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If you like jazz trios, and you want to see and hear a very modern  contemporary band with some of the best UK musicians around, we have one of the very best – EYES SHUT TIGHT are at the Bridge Hotel tonight. 7.30 doors. 8.15 performance. £6 entry – yes, just the price of two pints! In the meantime, enjoy this: