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Camila Meza: "Some tonalities or chords are colors to me: G major is blue, D major is orange and B minor is totally yellow." - (DownBeat July 2019)


Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.



Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.


The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.


Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Monday, January 02, 2012

Competition! A Free Pint of Ale from Lance - a rare opportunity!

The more observant of you will have noticed that the Christmas heading has gone and with it the old Art Blakey one.
The new header pictures a drummer, a saxophonist and a bass player.
A free pint of real ale - none of this foreign lager stuff or keg bitter - will be given to the first person to identify the sax player and the drummer. If you can also identify the bass player you get two pints as even I don't know who he is! (a copy of his passport and a DNA sample will be sufficient proof). The prize will be presented to the winner at the Bridge Hotel on Jan. 8 when Splinter return with a session by the Ruth Lambert Quintet.


Anonymous said...

Is the bass player a young Eddie Gomez?

Robert Laing said...

Erskine, Brecker and Eddie Gomez?

Lance said...

As stated I don't know the bassist and it isn't Erskine and Brecker.

Anonymous said...

It's clearly a young Leon Britton on the sax and Donald Sutherland on the drums, but I don't recognise the bass player with no legs - is he one of the Zombies?

Lance said...


Russell said...

Lew Tabakin with Mark Taylor (?) and Dill Katz (?).

Lance said...

No but Lew Tabackin was playing at the same festival with his wife Toshiko.
The band in the photo also included Curtis Fuller on trombone and Mose Allison on piano - the drummer was the leader.

Hil said...

Oh giz a chance

Now if it was a 'proper' picture we might have a chance of guessing who it was?

Lance said...

Well the man playing drums could be said to sound like a poet.

Lewis Watson said...

It is Michael Brecker with EddieGomez

and Steve Gadd

Lance said...

As I said I don't know who the bass player is - it was 30 years ago and he was a last minute choice.
However, it certainly isn't Gadd and Brecker.
The poetic drummer is the leader and the tenor player one of the early white boppers.

Russell said...

Got it! Lee Konitz and Paul Motian.

Lance said...

Nice try Russell but it isn't Poetry in Motian nor is it Lee Konitz.

Anonymous said...

Presuming you're not doing a double bluff and its Art (William) Blake (y)again, then could it be Shelly (Manne) and Zoot Sims?

Russell said...

This time I've got it...Buddy Rich and Art Pepper.

Lance said...

It ain't Rich it ain't Pepper, Russell you're going up the wrong alley.
JC you've got one out of three.

Anonymous said...

Can I claim half a pint, then?

Lance said...

Depends upon whether or not someone else recognises both players.

Anonymous said...

How about Stan Getz for another half pint?

Russell said...

Right doesn't look like him - no hat - but is it Phil Woods? If so, I know the drummer - so mine's a pint.

Lance said...

Not Stan Getz - JC.
Russell, this guy plays tenor whereas you're picking guys who are predominantly alto players.
I must admit though that you're keen...

Lance said...

Final clue to the tenor player.
He sometimes dropped out of the scene (not because he was in jail)but because he had other interests.
He was still cool though.

Steve Andrews said...

Lucky Thompson?

Lance said...

Unlucky Thompson on this occasion Steve.
The guy was, arguably, the first white bop tenor player.

Steve Andrews said...

Alan Eager!

Lance said...

Well done Steve - IOU a pint!

Anonymous said...

Since you said winning the prize depended on recognising BOTH players, I say that they are Shelly Manne and Alan Eager and claim the pint!

Lance said...

Well JC I will certainly buy you a pint when next I see you (unless, of course, the pub has a rear exit!)
Although technically speaking when Steve identified Allen Eager (correct spelling) you'd already hit on Shelly Manne and vice versa. However, I'm magnanimous enough to buy you both a pint as long as you don't turn up at the same time!

Steve Andrews said...

Thanks Lance! I can see that 2012 is going to be one hell of a year!

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