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Grant Green Jr.: "One thing that most people--especially jazz cats--don't realise is that all of your jazz standards were once pop standards" - DownBeat July 2018).


Bobby Sanabria: "Tito Puente was not a very tall man, but when he played the timbales he was a giant among men." - DownBeat July 2018).

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Today Sunday June 17


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1pm. Free.

Get in the Band rehearsal - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4666. 10:00am-6:00pm. First of two rehearsals under the direction of Chris Sharkey (second rehearsal Thurs 21 June, culminating in three performances in a day on Sat 23 June - 1) Great North Museum (Hancock Museum), 2) Central Station, 3) Sage Gateshead. Times TBC. Free but ticketed.

Big Gig in the Park: Durham Music Service Ensembles - South Park, Parkside, Darlington DL1 5TG. 12 noon.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle Street, Newcastle NE1 5XU. 1:30pm. Diners’ gig.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

Sour Mash Trio - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.


Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Jazz Jam - Head of Steam, Reform Place, Durham DH1 4RZ. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. Last one before the Summer recess.

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

Sunday, March 02, 2014


Jazz fans are almost half way there in their bid to raise 

£125,000 to turn an old Newcastle pub into a music venue.

A total of £57,100 of shares offered by the Pink Lane Jazz Co-op have been bought. This is 45% of the money needed to buy The Globe, off Scotswood Road, and convert it into the city’s newest Jazz, Blues and Latin attraction.
The share offer has attracted national interest with buyers coming from St Albans to Sheffield.
The biggest backers will be Co-operative and Community Finance.  They have pledged additional finance totaling £105,000 which is needed to complete the £230,000 purchase and refurbishment plan.
The 70 strong Co-op plans a presentation event tomorrow (Monday) with live music, food and wine to update investors on progress.
Dave Parker, a Co-op spokesman, said “This is a very exciting and rare venture – setting up a co-operative music venue – and one that’s committed to jazz.
“We have a long-term vision of establishing The Globe as the place in Newcastle to go to hear live jazz and other music that is outside the mainstream.  It will be a place where musicians learn, share and develop their skills – a hub for jazz education.  It may well be the first music venue to be owned by a co-operative committed to jazz.
“It’s also a good investment.  After three years investors can expect to earn good interest on their shares.
Buyers have until midnight March 21st to invest.  The quickest way is via
The presentation is planned for Monday evening (March 3rd) at 6.00pm, downstairs at the Literary and Philosophical Society, bottom of Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.
For interviews, or to attend the Lit and Phil event
contact John Rowland 0191 284 7359  or 0798 305 4924
OR  Dave Parker  0780 275 7753



Pink Lane Jazz Co-op was formed in early 2013 by a group of local residents, jazz lovers, musicians, poets and others who were inspired by Keith Crombie and the Jazz Cafe he set up and ran for many years until his untimely death on 29 December 2012.


Pink Lane Jazz Co-op Ltd was registered as an Industrial and Provident Society on 5 March 2013 

(registered number 31981 R)


The objectives of Pink Lane Jazz Co-op Ltd are to carry on the business as a co-operative and to carry on any other business, trade or service and in particular to:
·       Continue the commitment to live jazz, poetry, dance and related arts established by the Newcastle Jazz Cafe in Pink Lane from 1991 to 2012.
·       Support the rehearsal, performance, promotion and development of jazz, poetry, dance and related arts.
·       Support relevant education and training.
·       Provide services and facilities for appropriate use by members and the community.
·       Manage venues to help to deliver these objectives.


There are currently 72 members of the co-op (at 13/02/14).  We expect membership to increase significantly when the co-op issues shares to finance the purchase of an asset.
The co-op is managed by a board of directors who are appointed by the members.  There are currently eight members of the board as follows: 
·       Michael Howard (Secretary), retired chief executive officer and accountant
·       David Parker, director of a marketing and design business (which is a co-op)
·       Joan Parker, business adviser with wide experience of co-operative and community enterprises
·       David Crawford-Emery, property developer and owner of licensed premises
·       Minnie Fraser, chartered building surveyor and university lecturer
·       Don Forbes, architect
·       Debra Milne, doctor of medicine (pathologist)
·       John Rowland, journalist specialising in IT
Most members of the board are also musicians who perform in and around Newcastle.



Facebook: Pink Lane Jazz Coop
Twitter: @Pink_Lane_Jazz


John Rowland  07983 054924


Pink Lane Jazz Co-op Ltd
71 Highbury
Newcastle upon Tyne




07554 366996.


Robert Laing said...

Where can I get a copy of the business plan?

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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