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Sunday, May 11, 2008

John Taylor - "Great Photos"

Hi Lance Picked up you flyer at the Caedmon Hall on Friday night and have spent all day looking though your great pictures. I must have seen most of the local bands. At 61 I still play keyboard and alto ( in the wardrobe ) I have lived in Ashington all my life and at 17 my first introduction to jazz was listening to Clem Avery's band. This was along with having an underage drink at the Portland Hotel in Ashington, I then started going to the New Orleans club on a Friday for the Vaux Carriage (Vieux Carré). The George Lewis gig in '66 was said to be one of the last he did. Someone said he fell off the stage at the next gig Manchester and never played again A friend of mine's relation was drummer for Ronnie McLean - an Ashington lad called Mick York. He was with Dick Straughan's band, which I think has now packed in. We had several bands at The Cellar Club in Ashington and one was Sheila "Jazz" Giles - can't remember the line up By the way when I started going to the New Orleans Club I became friendly with Dave Kerr. I am the one responsible for it all - I gave him his first washboard some 41 years ago!! Friends in jazz John Taylor

1 comment :

Lance said...

It could have been worse - you could have given him a banjo!
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