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Davina Lozier: "So many people never settle into who they really are. They just do what they want to do because they want to be Oscar Peterson or Muddy Waters or Britney Spears. But I am what I am: a chubby, 40-year-old woman who's still doing it." - (DownBeat, December 2019).

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Today Tuesday November 12

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 1:15pm. Stanley Nelson's 2019 documentary film.

Evening

Jazz

Not Now Charlie - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues

Sugaray Rayford - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

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

Friday, January 07, 2011

Ian Brown by Roly Veitch.

The sad news that cornet player Ian Brown passed away came through yesterday. Ian died after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer, which meant he was unable to play for the past couple of years.
Ian was an absolute gentleman in every sense - a gentle, caring person liked by all who knew him. He took up trumpet in the early 50s and I believe had connections with local players such as Clem Avery, Trevor Johnson, and John Saxelby. He was inspired by Ken Colyer (Crane River Jazz Band) and became involved in the local New Orleans jazz circuit, well loved for his tasteful, lyrical style.
For many years he played with Brian Carrick’s Heritage Hall Stompers, in fact running the band when Brian was away eg. working abroad. I think it would be during that time he got to know Keith Stephen very well. Ian had a lot of time for Keith and vice versa – they were very close. Ian and Winifred managed to get to Keith and Caroline’s wedding last May – I know they were so pleased he was well enough to come.
In 1995 Ian met Dave Rae who invited him to guest with them at their Springwell session. The one-off get together went so well that this was the birth of Rae Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band. It is well documented how popular this band became (and still is) playing at fests all over the UK and working abroad too. Ian left the Rae Bros amicably in 1998 occasionally coming back to play the odd gig, his last tour with the band being to Bude in 2003.
Ian leaves his wife Winifred, daughters Lesley and Helen, and four grandchildren.
Roly.
Acknowledgement - Thanks to Dave Rae and Brian Bennett for help with the above information.

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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.
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