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John Pizzarelli: "There were three shows I saw at the Brendan Byrne Arena that had a huge impact on my storytelling. They were Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. I loved the way that they had something to say about the songs they were singing, so I began to develop stories for my act." - (Hot House Jazz Guide February 2021)

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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Wednesday January 27

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYRIAKI PANTELIDOU & RAY CARLESS

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12,399 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 118 of them this year alone and, so far, 118 this month (Jan. 25).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Blaydon Races

The new season - new venue - of Blaydon Jazz Club commences this Thursday (April 16) at the Blaydon & District Club & Institute (CIU), Garden Street, Blaydon (Tel 0191-4142335) which is just next to the old place. Swinging Saxist, FRANK BROOKER is the guest with the JEREMY McMURRAY QUARTET (Jeremy, piano, Roly Veitch, guitar, Pete Stuart, bass and Bill Shield, drums.) Should be a great evening so start 'Gannin' Along The Scotswood Road' in time for an 8.30 pm count-in. Click here for an update on all things Blaydonic.
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The above quote from the 'National Anthem' coupled with the previous post brought to my mind a long gone, Blaydon jazz venue - "The Blaydon Races".
This was a pub, near Stella, if memory serves me right, that featured the Jimmy Miller Trio. Jimmy Miller, a bucolic Scotsman, was arguably as good a pianoman as there was in those days - the mid '60s - and with Ray Jobling on bass, the drummer's name escapes me (Roly's uncle?) they made a fine trio.
I have the feeling Dave Hedley may have sang with the trio - I recall a guy, who could have been Dave, giving out with a great version of "Tangerine". He was built like Jimmy Rushing and sang like Joe Williams. Although only a pub, it had a jazz club/night club ambiance not least because of the music and the, then, novel idea of Chicken in a Basket meals.
There was also a Sunday lunchtime session for awhile.
Lance.

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