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Paul Edis and the development of the music in the North East

Paul Edis performs during Ushaw College’s Jazz Festival 2017

Paul Edis and the Music of the North East

Over the last few months of 2017 wherever I went I seemed to bump into Paul.  It started when I went to photograph a concert given by the youngsters from SAGE Gateshead.

There were two elements; the youth Jazz orchestra which goes by the name of Jambone and the Quay Choir.  The piece they were performing was Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert and the suitable surroundings were that of St Cuthbert’s Chapel in Ushaw College.  This was way back in July.  Accompanied by David Wardle, I stained myself as close to the orchestra as possible, opposite the Jazz soloist Zoe Gilby.  As well as Zoe there was a solo performance by saxophonist Matt Anderson and tap dancer Colette Serrechia.  This was my first introduction to Paul who had worked hard with Jambone to bring them up to a polished performance standard.  Paul not only conducted the orchestra but also contributed the clarinet solo.  The whole piece was magical: the choir and the orchestra blended superbly; Zoe’s voice was silky smooth and so right for the piece.  Colette’s dance was serpentine and added a deep texture to the music,  The saxophone playing of Matt punctuated the smoothness of the orchestra with just the right blend of richness.  All in all what a wonderful event and one that promises much for the future.

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