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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.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

More History

Colin Aitchison has come up with this gem from 1955.
Thank you Colin.
Can anyone tell me more about the bands?
The Panama, very well known locally. The Vieux Carré are still going strong.
The Cellarmen were lead by Colin's dad, Hughie. Fred Rowe fronted the Rivermouth. Pete Drysdale, I think, is still around but I know nothing of the Apex Jazzmen or the Barrelhouse. Can anyone help?
(Russell has unearthed info that John Ronan played trombone with the Rivermouth Jazzmen. John is now playing with the Harlem Hot Stompers out Manchester way - if you read this we'd love to hear from you.)
Lance.

1 comment :

Peter Drysdale said...

It was a wonderful night. At the time I was also playing drums with the Vieux Carre and Don (Armstrong) was with the Panama so we both had a busy night. Even more so for me as at the last minute the drummer with the Apex got "stage fright" and I took his place.
Contrary to the program the Apex were from Newcastle not Darlington - perhaps the organisers wanted to internationalise the event!
Clarinet player with the Apex was Gerry Routledge.

A few weeks earlier a friend, Barry Gristwood, and I had opened the Whitley Bay Jazz Club at the Empress Ballroom cafe at Whitley Bay. Don had been talking about "modern jazz" and mentioned Ian Carr, who he had met at Newcastle Varsity, and his brother Mike Carr. As a result the north's first modern jazz group was formed under my name by the four of us plus Ray Jobling on bass as the resident band at WB with visitors each week from other bands including the Cellarmen. As a result we entered the comp at the Oxford. As you know Ian (who died last year with Memorial concerts in London and Gateshead) and Mike went on to great things in the jazz world.
Happy memories.
Regards
Peter