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OCTOBER

THURSDAY 1

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

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Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00 -10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish. CANCELLED! Back on October 8

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk.

FRIDAY 2

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk. SOLD OUT!

TBC - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. A Blind Pig Blues Club event.

SATURDAY 3

Emma Wilson Blues Band - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop.

SUNDAY 4

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quintet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop. The band’s 25th anniversary celebrations!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Farewell Betty Smith

I was saddened to learn of the death of tenor saxist and singer Betty Smith on January 21 at the age of 81. I remember, just after I'd left school, going to see the Freddy Randall Band at Seaburn Hall, near Sunderland.
The band were great but most of all I was impressed by Betty who, wearing the band's blue blazer, a tight grey skirt and, perched atop high heels, leaned back, legs apart and blew some really booting tenor. I was captivated - I was 15 and in love with the instrument and the player!
I missed the last bus home and had to get a taxi - and my dad out of bed to pay for it!
I thought it was worth it although I don't think he did!
Local drummer Ian Forbes (see photo supplied courtesy of Ian - click here for photo with Jimmy Edwards.) played with her quintet in later years.
A much underrated player.
Sadly missed.
Lance.

1 comment :

Miles said...

My memories are much the same as yours Lance only it was at the Oxford Galleries and the band wore brown jackets and I was more than 17. Another time was at the Wallsend Mem. Also after that I bought all the Parlophone Super Rythym Style series of the band. She was also a very good singer.
Miles

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