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Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

More on Ralph Sutton @ The Corner House

Just listened with great surprise that this C House session had been recorded.
I was lucky enough to be on it and can give some info. When I first got started playing jazz I got a regular gig at The Golden Lion, Winlaton Mill with Clem Avery's reformed jazzmen but also he took me weekly to The Mainstreet Jazzmen session on Tuesdays at C House, Heaton. The usual line up was Joe McMullen tpt/leader, Jimmy Ruddick alto/clt, Ronnie McLean tbn, Norman Rudd pno, Clem Avery fender bass and Bill Calboutin dms (not sure of spelling). I used to sit behind Norman and he helped me with the chords. Norman was a very kind man and very supportive.  
The line up was a bit variable - I think sometimes Stan Martin played and possibly Gordon Solomon on tbn.  Well - sometimes they had a guest musician - Dick Wellstood 29/1/80, Wild Bill Davison 27/11/79, Peanuts Hucko 11/12/79 - on this occasion Ralph Sutton. All were JNE promotions.  Ralph was a lovely man and a great player. It was 17th June 1980. I have a poster and will get it scanned and send it to you. Ralph joined the band but when it came to his trio spot I retired to the bar. I remember looking forward and seeing Clem beckoning me forward. Apparently Ralph had said "does the guitar player not think he is in the rhythm section?"  So I went up and joined the trio. It was a thrilling experience for me as you can imagine and one I'll never forget. Never thought I'd hear a recording of it.
Roly.
(Lance):In this solo version of A Good Man is Hard to Find from the same concert the spoken introduction is by the late Chris Yates.

2 comments :

  1. And on this night it was Dad on valve-trombone as Ronnie must have been still looking for his lost tooth!
    Colin Aitchison
    Hong Kong

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  2. Ronnie McLean lost a tooth after biting into a ham sandwich!. This achieved some publicity in the local press and it is believed the sandwich and the tooth are now preserved, under tight security, in a local history museum. I'm half expecting them to appear on ebay or at a Deli near you!!

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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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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.)
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