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Bebop Spoken There

Don Rendell: “The public...complain of a lack of modern jazz in their area and then don't support it when it arrives." - (Melody Maker, May 5th 1962)

Ronnie Scott: "People are just not prepared to sit and listen to jazz during the week." (Melody Maker, July 21st 1962)

Today Thursday July 20

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., nr. Newcastle NE27 0DA. 1:oopm. Free.
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Evening.
Sarathy Korwar Quintet - Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. 8pm. £10. (£8 conc.).JNE gig.
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Tyne Valley Big Band + Tyne Valley Youth Big Band + Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble -Phoenix Bar, Chisholm Place, Hexham. 6pm (Collection).
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Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter's Wheel, Sunniside NE16 5EE, 8:30pm. Free.
Screamin' Miss Jackson & the Slap Ya Mama Big Band - The Schooner, South Shore Rd., Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. James Harrison (piano); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Ray Dales (alto) - Dormans, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Free. 9pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Newcastle Jazz Band Ball 1963

George Gray, an old friend from my music store days, kindly sent me an interesting 9 min. clip of a gig at the old Majestic Ballroom (now the o2 Academy). It features (visually) The Terry Lightfoot Band and Newcastle's River City Jazzmen. The RCJ boys include Herbie Hudson, Joe Errington, Joe Shenton and Jimmy Stewart. Clive Gray and Ronnie McLean (I think) can be spotted near the bar and George thinks Eric Burdon, who sang with the Mighty Joe Young Band (they weren't caught on camera), may also be seen on the dance floor (1:47 in wearing a light suit).
It's a wonderful archive of that year when Trad, temporarily, halted the advance of Rock and Roll.
The only disappointing thing is that the music you hear was added later and not played by those on screen which is why it sounds much more sedate than either Lightfoot or the River City Jazzmen did.
Remind me who the clarinet, bass and banjo are...
Lance.
Newcastle Jazz Band Ball 1963.

3 comments :

  1. Clt-Harry Stephenson
    Banjo-Colin Hopper
    Bass-Stew Jessup
    Harry and Colin were founder members of the River City

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  2. Hi Lance. down memory lane indeed! I was at the Majestic gig that night and in fact appear on the shot of the bar scene. (I'm the one sporting a dark red waistcoat with an almost matching tie!) The River City drummer that night was Brian Sansom and not Jimmy Stewart as stated. I remember Ronnie Mclean guesting with the River City, I think he and Herbie did a trombone duet on Whistling Rufus. It was a really good night.

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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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