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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 December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Martin Blackwell & Change Is Night Club.

Mention of Newcastle's "Change Is" nightclub brought to mind the guy who played piano there - Martin Blackwell. This would be in the 1970s and I was working in a music shop selling, among other things, jazz records.
We held a large selection of Blue Note LPs and Martin was one of our best customers. The problem was he had to have literally everything on Blue Note that was jazz piano related which of course meant the whole catalogue!
Each week he'd buy a couple of LPs and reserve another couple. These we'd stash in a box for him until the following week when he'd return to buy them. Except he didn't! Some other discs would catch his eye and he'd buy them instead and so it went on...
He was a fine pianist then so I imagine he is a prodigious one now. I see his name in the listings quite often but never far enough north for me to get to hear him although I vaguely recall him at The Corner House once in the dim and murky past.
If he chances to read this it's "Hello" from Lance, formerly of Windows Music Shop, Newcastle - perhaps he even got to accompany Susannah McCorkle - if she did appear at "Change Is".
The club, incidentally, was owned by Bob Monkhouse.
Lance.

2 comments :

Martin Blackwell said...

Hello Lance, I still have all those precious records. Have been North East on several occasions with various bands, but most recently playing on cruise ship Minerva of Swan Hellenic on a visit to Port of Tyne which brought back many happy memories of my time in Newcastle. Martin

London Piano Tuner said...

I was just out of school when I had a job at a music shop in Croydon. Martin Blackwell works there with me and he would take me to the Half Moon in Putney where he played for the Morrissey Mullen Band. After all these years I have just bought myself a Fender Rhodes which Martin played with a Clavinet and a Mini Moog I think. He was a master at his craft. I left to become a piano tuner and lost contact with Martin. Fond memories.