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IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON.

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!

Lee Bates - 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!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Bill Harper on Keith Crombie

Sorry to hear that Keith has passed on and although I knew him for many years, I couldn't call him a close friend but he did make his mark as a strange figure on the fringe of the jazz scene in my early career and latterly at the Jazz Cafe where I worked three nights a week for about a year or so. The place was the pits and the pay abysmal and there seemed to be a running battle with the authorities and problems with the "drinks" licence, which had to be in someone else's name. However it did attract a host of visiting musicians for after hours sessions including Harry Connick Jr. with several members of his orchestra. 
Harry's appearance was somewhat dramatic!!!! He approached me at the piano and wore dark glasses and said "Hi! I'm Harry -- BUT NO PHOTOGRAPHS PLEASE !! I thought 'how pretentious' until he explained to me that he had to cancel his show that night because he had a sore throat and didn't feel that his fans would be pleased to see him "jamming" when he should have been in bed. His guys all played superbly, including guitarist Russell Malone who joined Diana Krall shortly after. Nigel Kennedy made an appearance although I wasn't there that night and it attracted some excellent players from visiting orchestras at the Theatre Royal.
It also attracted some good young players from the Music College, notably the fine young trombonist Martin Gladdish who went on to join NYJO and also appeared on albums with Jamie Cullum. But we also had visiting actors, notably Robson Green and an actress (who shall remain nameless to save her embarrassment)  who featured in an important role in a police series on TV. She arrived, as they say, "well served" and my greatest abiding memory of Keith is of him saying to me "I think I'm in with a chance here, she thinks I look like Leo McKern, him that plays Rumpole".That was typical of Keith, a "chancer to the last" but in the rich tapestry of jazz in Newcastle he played his part in no small way.

Bill Harper.

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