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13858 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 77 of them this year alone and, so far, 77 this month (Jan. 23).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio + Knats @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm. POSTPONED!

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public) .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). CANCELLED!
Wed 26: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm .
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 27: Tobias Sarra & John Garner @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm .
Thu 27: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 27: Knats’ Night: Knats + Swannek @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 27: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED! .
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at:

Sun 30 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 30: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 30: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 30: Hot Club du Nord @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 31: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Remembering Eric. The Jazz Esquires @ The Porthole, North Shields.

Miles Watson (tpt/vcl); Terry Dalton (tmb); Tony Winder (ten/sop/clt); George Laing (pno); Robin Douthwaite (gtr); Stan Nicholson (bs); Laurie Brown (dms). Brian Lynam (hca/vcl), Derek ? (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
I've never made an entrance quite like it! I strolled casually into The Porthole with seven women in attendance. Allen Eager? This was Peter Stringfellow and counting!
Central among this bevy was Eileen - close friend of the late Eric Delaney and this week was the anniversary of the great drummer's death.
You may remember a couple of years back Eileen, Eric and I went over to the Porthole where Eric sat in for a couple of numbers. One of those was Cute and, at Eileen's request, they played it again with ex Squadronaire Laurie doing his best to emulate Eric. Later they played Oranges and Lemons with Laurie's  tymp beaters re-creating that famous tymp sound on tom-tom.
Perhaps it was the thought that Eric Delaney was looking down (or up) at them from wherever he is but the band seemed to be playing above themselves today. Roy was absent today but fortunately George Laing was there to fill in for a couple of numbers. He looked and played as immaculately as ever.
He mentioned that he was interested in getting in touch with guitarist George Gosling so if you're reading this George... 
Interval time had harmonica wizz Brian Lynam stepping up to sing and play I Love You For Sentimental Reasons - nobody round here does this better than Brian. There was also a rather risqué number - My Big Ten Inch (Record). Recorded initially  by Bull Moose Jackson and later Aerosmith this double entendre song had my party of ladies - now well into the wine - in hysterics. All good clean(ish) fun!
Yes it was a grand afternoon and I think Eric would have been delighted to have been celebrated in such a convivial way although Eileen did, briefly, shed the tears we all felt as we remembered a Jazz Legend. She also dished out some memorabilia in the form of place-mats with embedded photos of Eric with Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson.
This weekend is the Wigan Jazz Festival. A year ago Eric was all packed and ready to play at the Festival.
He never made it. 

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I was at the Porthole last Wednesday 11th July.
It was choca bloke full. I was sorry to see that Roy on keyboards was not there but it made little difference to the sound. It was very entertaining as usual. I commented a while back about the bass player not getting a mention or getting solo's. Well that seems to have changed. He played some excellent bass solos, which I can appreciated as I am a bass player. I found out that his name is Stan Nicholson. Does anyone have his email address, I would like to contact him. I was going to talk to him on Wednesday but I couldn't get near the place was so full and I had to leave before the end.
I liked all the stuff they played except "Oranges & Lemons" as a tribute to Eric Delaney
Nobody played it like Eric.
Over all a fantastic day. None of the other bands in the area play the variety that the Jazz Esquires play, good old standards.
And well done Stan I will try to speak to you (if that's OK) next time I come to the Porthole.


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