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Piers Paul Read: "Bruce Reynolds and Biggs shared an interest in Sex, Jazz and Hemingway." - (The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read, Coronet Books 1979.)

George Shearing: "Speaking about Johann Sebastian Bach I think he'd be a real jazzer if he were alive today. I mean any man who has two wives, twenty kids, gets kicked out of the church for being too harmonically radical and drinks beer can't be all wrong can he?" - (Crescendo March 1984.)

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Today Thursday July 19

Afternoon

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

Evening

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

Alexys de Alfaro: Guitar Dreams with Coco Vega - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. Doors 7:00pm. A ‘jar on the bar’ gig. Guitar & percussion.

Alter Ego - St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £10.00.

Jesse Bannister Quartet - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Jubilee Park, Spennymoor DL16. 6:00-9:00pm. Free. Big BRASS Bash (Durham Brass Festival).

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

Tees Hot Club w. Donna Hewitt (alto); Josh Bentham (tenor); Dave Archbaid (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 8pm. Free.

Billy's Buskers: Plug in and Play - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 7:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, March 31, 2018

RIP Derek Fleck


Just received the sad news that sax/clarinet/banjo man Derek Fleck died on Wednesday, March 28. Former meteorologist, Derek was a relatively late arrival on the northeast jazz scene but soon made his presence felt with all the local trad bands but, perhaps, most of all with the West Jesmond Rhythm Kings.

When the WJRK folded after the death of Mike Durham, Derek became part of the Jazz in the Afternoon band at the Crescent Club in Cullercoats. 
He was a good robust player who often claimed that he was really a modernist at heart although in the lineups he invariably played in there was no such indication.
Now we'll never know. The important thing is that he did what he did and did it well.
Condolences to Alice and family.
Sadly missed.
Lance  
(Photo courtesy of Brian Bennett).
See comment by John Taylor.
See comment/link by Ian.

5 comments :

Brian (Vieux Carré Jazzmen) said...

Over the years I've seen Derek perform alongside and duet with many of the jazz world's 'A list' reed players, mainly when he was with Mike Durham's West Jesmond Rhythm Kings. John Barnes, George Huxley, Matthias Seuffert, Monty Sunshine, Frank Brooker and so many others - all 'world class'. In my opinion Derek was up there with the best of them.
In his 'day job' he was a meteorologist at the Newcastle Weather Centre and regularly broadcast on Radio Newcastle. I remember travelling with the WJRK's to the Isle of Bute jazz festival. En route, Derek stood at the front of the coach with his weather charts and gave a formal, detailed weather forecast for the weekend ahead - hilarious! Happy memories, Derek! R.I.P.

John Taylor said...

Can't think that its 4 years since we went to the final WJRK concert at the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival which I attended
I've posted the last recording I did of Derek (in the grand parade on the final day).

Mike Green said...

Sorry to hear about Dereks sad passing, I played drums with him in the vieux carre band
on numerous occasions, and also with the maine street jazzband.he was a superb musician, and a thoroughly nice guy, I don't know whether he drove or not, but I gave him a lift home as well from time to time!
Sadly missed.yet another of us playing in the big band up there!
Condolences from Mike Green.

CCJAZZMEN said...

Such sad news about Derek. I remember going to the Wheatsheaf in New York
to see him blow with all the guys at a jam session there in the 1980's when his
nickname was the weatherman. Derek always had a very good knowledge of jazz
and was also a very fine musician.

All of us here in Hong Kong , musicians and listener's send our very heartfelt condolences to Alice and the family. R.I.P.

Colin Aitchison
China Coast Jazzmen
Ned Kelly's Last Stand Hong Kong.

Ian said...

Derek Fleck was my father-in-law. On behalf of the family, I would like to say thank you for all the kind words about Derek.

I attach a link to a recording of Derek in the car park at the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival in 2010 when an evacuation due to a false fire alarm prompted a performance in the car park of 'I don't want to set the world on fire'

https://youtu.be/ZbmkG3FeXWc?t=2m29s

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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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