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Today Tuesday December 10

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Farewell Jack Parnell (1923 - 2010)

First there was Chris Dagley, then Martin Drew and now, sadly, Jack Parnell who died yesterday (Aug 8) aged 87. Three great drummers from three eras.
Jack came to prominence with the Vic Lewis/Jack Parnell Jazzmen before joining Ted Heath just after the war. After leaving Heath he formed his own big band. I recall hearing them many times back in those distant days when big bands roamed the land.
Drummer, singer and later frontman the Parnell Orchestra featured all the big band hits of the time - The Hawk Talks, Skindeep, The Champ, Night Train. There were also epic drum duets with Phil Seaman or Kenny Clare.
However, the media seen only interested in his role as band-leader on the Muppet Show - how sad is that?
Very much missed - think I'll listen to the CD pictured and wallow in memories.
Lance.

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