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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

More History

Colin Aitchison has come up with this gem from 1955.
Thank you Colin.
Can anyone tell me more about the bands?
The Panama, very well known locally. The Vieux Carré are still going strong.
The Cellarmen were lead by Colin's dad, Hughie. Fred Rowe fronted the Rivermouth. Pete Drysdale, I think, is still around but I know nothing of the Apex Jazzmen or the Barrelhouse. Can anyone help?
(Russell has unearthed info that John Ronan played trombone with the Rivermouth Jazzmen. John is now playing with the Harlem Hot Stompers out Manchester way - if you read this we'd love to hear from you.)
Lance.

1 comment :

Peter Drysdale said...

It was a wonderful night. At the time I was also playing drums with the Vieux Carre and Don (Armstrong) was with the Panama so we both had a busy night. Even more so for me as at the last minute the drummer with the Apex got "stage fright" and I took his place.
Contrary to the program the Apex were from Newcastle not Darlington - perhaps the organisers wanted to internationalise the event!
Clarinet player with the Apex was Gerry Routledge.

A few weeks earlier a friend, Barry Gristwood, and I had opened the Whitley Bay Jazz Club at the Empress Ballroom cafe at Whitley Bay. Don had been talking about "modern jazz" and mentioned Ian Carr, who he had met at Newcastle Varsity, and his brother Mike Carr. As a result the north's first modern jazz group was formed under my name by the four of us plus Ray Jobling on bass as the resident band at WB with visitors each week from other bands including the Cellarmen. As a result we entered the comp at the Oxford. As you know Ian (who died last year with Memorial concerts in London and Gateshead) and Mike went on to great things in the jazz world.
Happy memories.
Regards
Peter

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