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Bebop Spoken There

Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Tuesday March 20


Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.


Jam session - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free.

Jazz Blowers’ Easter Concert - Hurworth Grange Community Centre, Hurworth Road, Hurworth Place, Darlington DL2 2BN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Concert in the Hadwin Lounge.

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.)

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.

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