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Bebop Spoken There

Dave Gelly: “From 1 January 1920, when prohibition was imposed in the US, people didn’t stop drinking, they just stopped drinking legally.” – (Jazz Journal October 2017).

Regina Carter: “When I was a teenager, I would daydream about going out on a date and dancing to Ella’s music.” (Down Beat October 2017).

Today Tuesday November 21

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free. New weekly mainstream session. 2 mins from Monkseaton metro.
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Evening

Jam session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm Free. Session led by Mark Williams.

Omar Sosa + Seckou Keita - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR. 0191 443 4666. 8:00pm. £21.80. Sage Two.

Gypsy Jazz Jam - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. Free. ‘No audience as such – everyone is a player/musician or a gypsy!’

Charles Gordon - Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. 0191 233 1010.

10:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Very Sad News - Ron Pollard.


Just heard from Roly Veitch that Ron Pollard, organiser of the Gateshead Fell at the Legion Jazz Club died yesterday morning (May 10).
Such a shock - Ron and his wife Joyce have been strong supporters of jazz in the area for many many years and their often uphill struggle to keep The Fell Jazz Club afloat won them much admiration from fans and musicians of the traditional and mainstream persuasion.
Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Joyce.
In the photo (taken by Eddie Carson) the couple are seen celebrating their Golden Wedding at the club in 2011. As well as jazz Ron and Joyce loved dancing and were fortunate in being able to combine those two passions.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about Ron, I only met him a few times, when I was drumming for the Maine street band, but he came across as a very nice guy, with a real love of jazz.
please convey my condolences to his wife for me.
Mike Green.

George Watt said...

May I add my condolences to Joyce and her many friends at Jazz at the Fell. A terrible shock to all who knew him.
George Watt

Mia Webb (on F/b). said...

Very sad news Lance. My heartfelt condolences go out to Joyce x

Nostalgia Channel said...

Very sad to hear this, just saw Ron & Joyce last year and had a little chat about Dad the jazz scene in the north etc, even went over to Gateshead to his Jazz night had a blow with the Mainstreet Jazzmen.
You could never miss him sitting anywhere with his Beatle style haircut, great supporter of local jazz, and a lovely couple.
Will be missed
RIP
Colin Aitchison

John Wilkie and Marjorie said...

So very sad. We treasure the hundreds of happy memories Ron and Joyce achieved at the Fell.A great loss to local jazz.
John Wilkie and Marjorie.

John Taylor said...

Condolences to Joyce from all at Ashington Jazz Club. Ron had lots of friends in jazz and will be sadley missed. He was also responsible for putting together and starting Keith Stephens trio with Caroline. Ron and Joyce came to the Elephant many times to dance to the band
John T

Anne DeVere Harper said...

We were very sad to learn of Ron Pollard's demise. Joyce must be in pieces-- they were so devoted.
Ron ALWAYS supported Jazz in the North East and rarely missed our gigs. he was such a well known character and will be greatly missed by all.
Please give our condolences to Joyce--we remember him fondly.
love Annexx

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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