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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Thursday December 13

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Paul Skerritt - Hadrian’s Tipi, Keel Square, Sunderland SR1 3DZ. 6:00pm. Free.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Mark Toomey, Kevin Eland, Bruce Taylor - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Christmas Party night.

Lambton Big Band - South Causey Inn, Beamish Burn Road, Stanley DH9 0LS. Tel: 01207 235555. 7:30pm (doors 6:00pm). £15.00.

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

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Bill Harper on Keith Crombie

Sorry to hear that Keith has passed on and although I knew him for many years, I couldn't call him a close friend but he did make his mark as a strange figure on the fringe of the jazz scene in my early career and latterly at the Jazz Cafe where I worked three nights a week for about a year or so. The place was the pits and the pay abysmal and there seemed to be a running battle with the authorities and problems with the "drinks" licence, which had to be in someone else's name. However it did attract a host of visiting musicians for after hours sessions including Harry Connick Jr. with several members of his orchestra. 
Harry's appearance was somewhat dramatic!!!! He approached me at the piano and wore dark glasses and said "Hi! I'm Harry -- BUT NO PHOTOGRAPHS PLEASE !! I thought 'how pretentious' until he explained to me that he had to cancel his show that night because he had a sore throat and didn't feel that his fans would be pleased to see him "jamming" when he should have been in bed. His guys all played superbly, including guitarist Russell Malone who joined Diana Krall shortly after. Nigel Kennedy made an appearance although I wasn't there that night and it attracted some excellent players from visiting orchestras at the Theatre Royal.
It also attracted some good young players from the Music College, notably the fine young trombonist Martin Gladdish who went on to join NYJO and also appeared on albums with Jamie Cullum. But we also had visiting actors, notably Robson Green and an actress (who shall remain nameless to save her embarrassment)  who featured in an important role in a police series on TV. She arrived, as they say, "well served" and my greatest abiding memory of Keith is of him saying to me "I think I'm in with a chance here, she thinks I look like Leo McKern, him that plays Rumpole".That was typical of Keith, a "chancer to the last" but in the rich tapestry of jazz in Newcastle he played his part in no small way.

Bill Harper.

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