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Lionel Loueke: "A mistake is just for the moment - make it the best mistake it can be, and that's it" - (JazzTimes, April 2019).


Today Friday April 26



Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Black Bull, Frosterley DL3 2SL. Tel: 01388 527784. Coach trip dep Tyneside 10:30am. Tickets: £15.00. Info: 0191 252 9429.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Noel Dennis Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

The City Trio - Stack, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QE. Tel: 0191 216 1415. 5:00-7:00pm. Free. Alice Grace, Jennifer Davies, Ben Helm.


Swing Bridge - Scott's, Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 6:20-7:15pm. Free. Gig in the cafe.

James Birkett & Emma Fisk - The Old Low Light, Clifford's Fort, North Shields Fish Quay NE30 1JA. Tel: 0191 257 4506. 7:00pm. £10.00. Advance booking required.

Baghdaddies - Ponteland Beer Festival, Ponteland Leisure Centre, Callerton Lane, Ponteland NE20 9EG. Baghdaddies 7:15pm (doors 6:00pm). £12.00.

Pepperland - Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6BR. Tel: 08448 112121. 7:30pm. £19.00. Mark Morris Dance Group's 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. MD Ethan Iverson leads seven-piece NYC band. First night of two.

The Ronnie Scott’s Story: 60th Anniversary Concert - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £27.70. & £18.50. Support set by Jambone on concourse (7:00pm).

Sue Ferris Quintet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01325 468177. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. Note new, earlier start time.


45 Spread - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Dave Connolly Shock News!

I heard last night the sad news that well known Teesside trumpet player and band leader Dave Connolly has died. No further details are available at present. Lance. YouTube link from John Moorley.


Anonymous said...

Very, very sad. Dave was an amazing guy.

Anonymous said...

he was a great musician/ arranger/engineer, he will be missed , stu c

Anonymous said...

RIP Dave - you will be deeply missed. Fiona & Steve

john moorley said...

I first got to know Dave last autumn. I’d seen him around College and in the White Horse where he was a regular and where my girlfriend and I occasionally visit late Saturday pm. I introduced myself; we immediately warmed to each other, clearly shared taste in music and seemed to have much else in common.

When we had spoken to him about three times he produced two complimentary tickets for us to attend the Newcastle City Hall last November where he had put together a big band and produced the arrangements for the whole evening where Jason Isaacs was the featured singer. It was a terrific evening. Here is a clip from the event - he appears within the first 15 secs and little thereafter.

I last spoke to Dave about 2 weeks ago when I crossed the road for a meal in the White Horse and we conversed for about 40 minutes. We talked of his 'new' car, his recent and future ‘gigs’ and his enthusiasm in developing the degree course with Sunderland. His company was always most congenial.

With my limited acquaintanceship, he seemed to be thoroughly nice man with a keen sense of humour. His overriding quality seemed to be modesty. To misquote a well-known phrase, "He was extremely modest with little to be modest about". When Jason Isaacs paid tribute to him at the concert, he was hiding somewhere at the back of the stage instead of receiving the much-deserved applause.

Three weeks ago he attended the funeral of Alfie Hines, a major big band music presence in Darlington whom he had known for years and who organised the Darlington Youth Band in the late 60s and 70s and in which Dave was member. The Band gained national acclaim and well-known Jazz men attended. Recently BBC4 showed a young looking Johnny Dankworth playing with Darlington Youth Band in the early 1970s. Dave told me of his playing in Eric Delaney's Band for several years and playing in support to PJ Proby, Anita Harris and what seemed a roll call of 1970s – 90s glitterati. I was looking forward to pursuing these threads further.

I mourn Dave’s departure out of all proportion to the length of time I have known him and my 8 hours or so in his company.

John Moorley
Until recently, Chair of Bishop Auckland College

Dave Priestman said...

Hope you play better golf up there mate.

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