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Guy Barker: "You have to play it [the trumpet] every day or you just won't be match-fit." - (Jazz Rag, Winter 2019.)


Today Friday December 13



Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.



‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Ronnie Scott's 50 not out.

Living as far from the capital as I do I've never paid as many visits to 'Ronnie's' I'd have liked to. Nevertheless, I was pleased to note that BBC Breakfast TV paid tribute to the club's hallowed portals on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
Think jazz in New York and the names Birdland, the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note and several others spring to mind. Think London and there is only one - Ronnie Scott's. This is with all due respect to the Bulls Head, 606 or Vortex. To the out of towner 'Ronnie's' is the place.
Over the years I've seen Stan Getz, Mingus, Buddy Rich, Buddy Greco possibly others that have slipped my memory. I wish there'd been more.
If you never heard the Rich Band within the confines of a relatively small room then you never heard the Rich Band. Likewise Mingus. His bass sound filled the club almost as much as his huge frame did! Buddy Greco was as cool and as hip as he still is. Getz, I seem to remember, was slightly disappointing. He always was when I heard him live. Of course, being 'disappointed' by Getz is akin to raving over just about anyone else!
I wish I'd been there on the legendary Sonny Rollins' night when he began his set outside and walked in playing - or so I've been led to believe - I do believe.
And let's not forget the late proprieter himself. Capable of holding his own alongside any of his illustrious guests.
Here's to the next 50 years - in the meantime, let's have your memories.


cptfinch said...

I've only been once, in 2007. Kenny Barron was playing. It was very enjoyable and I'd like to go back soon.
I recently read that Shelly Manne tried to recreate the atmosphere of Ronnie Scott's with his club 'Shelly's Manne Hole'.

Hil said...

Always loved Scotts. When I worked in London in the 60's it was a magnet for me (this was long before I was involved with a certain musician) Heard some of the best musicians and vocalists.
The high point for me was when my daughter sat in with the resident band for a couple of numbers. I was so proud and felt the photographs on the walls, of all the stars who have appeared there were looking down approvingly, smiling at her and wishing her well.
The photographic evidence is there on her myspace. Normally the management refuse to allow photographs to be taken. When I explained how important one photo would be for her Dad who was unable to travel...the manager gave his approval.