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Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Miles Kington by Germaine Stanger

Nigel and Miles (Kington) met when studying at Oxford in the early 1960s. Miles was reading French and Nigel English, but their friendship came about because of jazz. Miles had learnt to play the double bass whilst at Oxford, because there were very few bass players around at the time, so he thought he'd get a few gigs. Nigel was already something of a star playing piano and alto. It was there too that they met alto/tenor player Pat Crumly. Pat was to become a significant part of the London jazz scene and occasionally came north to play with the Newcastle Big Band; which he did in 2006 when the remnants of that band played the Sting gig at the Baltic. Pat and Miles both died in 2008. Miles and Nigel shared an enduring bond of university, music, humour and the memory of an idyllic holiday spent playing near Algeciras in Spain. Nigel played piano, Miles bass, with a chap called Mike Hollis on drums. They played in a small club throughout the summer of 1962. Miles has written a lot about that holiday and perhaps, many years later, it had something to do with the formation of 'Instant Sunshine.'
When the East Side Torpedoes were recording for the BBC, at the Paris studios in Lower Regent St., we met Miles and the other members of 'Instant Sunshine' who had stayed behind to have a drink with us following their earlier recording. Miles was very supportive of any London gigs we had during the seventies and early eighties; many of which had links to Andy Hudson. Miles Kington was a lovely man, handsome, unassuming, wonderfully witty and a good friend. He is missed by people who knew him, and the many who felt they knew him through Punch, The Independent, his many books* radio and television appearances. He filed his last article for the Independent, on the day he died. Miles never lost his love of jazz. His double bass took centre stage at his private funeral, along with piles of proofs, manuscripts, magazines and newspapers. When introducing the radio serialization of Miles's book, about his cancer, (entitled 'How shall I tell the dog,') his wife Caroline said Miles had written it because Nigel had telephoned some months before his death but had failed to mention his cancer, or that it might be the last time Miles and he spoke. Miles felt denied the chance to say good bye to Nigel, so when his own cancer proved terminal he decided to write about it. In fact Nigel didn't think he was going to go to that other Algeciras in the sky quite so quickly and made very little fuss about his cancer; it wasn't funny and somehow curbed the flow of the conversation. Come to think of it Lance, I should have included Miles in Nigel's Beadnell band; Miles Kington on Double Bass, Chas Chandler on Bass guitar, Pat Crumley on Tenor sax. and Charles De Gaulle on accordion -"Really wild, General," I hope you remember the Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band?
Germaine
*One of Miles' books was "The Jazz Anthology".

1 comment :

Lance said...

Thank you Germaine - as one of those who only knew Miles through his writing - you have helped me to build a better picture of him. In particular, I enjoyed his "Franglais" column in Punch.
Who can forget the the Bonzo Dog? Adolph Hitler on vibes etc!
In fact I always think of that disc when I'm at a gig and the bandleader introduces the musicians for maybe the tenth time in a set as if our memory was so short or their playing so unmemorable that we couldn't remember their names after the ninth time.

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