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Bill Reglein (JJ Babbitt m/pieces): "We made this mouthpiece for Eddie Harris. He played tenor sax and trumpet. He played in some pretty rough bars. The story goes that he was afraid he'd get in a fight and get his teeth knocked out. He figured that if even that happened he could still play tenor. So, the request came in, 'Can I get a reed mouthpiece for my trumpet?' the company made exactly one." - (DownBeat October 2019).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Monday September 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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

Thursday, February 04, 2010

River City Jazzmen R.I.P.

The sad news that the River City Jazzmen have finally called it a day brings to a close an era that, to my knowledge, ran for about 60 years.
Failing health and a shortage of stylistically compatable players have caused trombonist Gordon Solomon to finally say 'enough is enough'.
However, before it is too late I'd like to ask anyone, either players or fans, to mail me their memories and photos so we can put together a lasting memorial to the band.
For example, can anyone recall the names of the founder members?
Let's hear from you.
Lance.
Extract from an article by Peter Gascoigne ca 1960s.
"...the River City Jazzmen are a team of fine musicians who are very much jazz-based, but also include a fair amount of comedy, both spoken and musically, in their programme. They run sessions at two pubs in Newcastle. One at the Bridge Hotel on Mondays, and one at the Corner House Hotel, just in the suburbs, on Wednesdays."

2 comments :

John Taylor said...

As a teenager,some 45 ago and living out in "the sticks" (ie Ashington) you would not think I would have got to much live jazz. Not so - my diary regularly read:-
Friday. Travel to Newcastle's New Orleans Club to listen to the Vieux Carre Jazzmen
Saturday. Go to the Universal Social Club ( at the end of our street) to hear the Joe Shenton's River City Jazzmen
Sunday. Walk to the other end of Ashington to hear Clem Avery's Jazz band and Skiffle Group in the back room of the Portland Hotel
So am I correct that the River city were originally a "club turn"?

George W said...

Very sad news indeed Lance. Hearing it was as if the Tyne Bridge itself had collapsed.

George

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
Similarly, CDs received by post will only be considered if accompanied by sufficient background material.
Finally, bear in mind that this is a jazz-based site when submitting your album.
Lance