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Paul Edis: "One of the regulars at The Gala today called me a 'turncoat' and another a 'deserter' - that's a very northern way of displaying affection in response to the news that I'm leaving the area. 'They're vicious down there mind you'. " - (Twitter January24, 2020)

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Today Monday January 27

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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Friday, February 01, 2013

Ray Chester's Funeral

As anticipated, there was a good turnout for the funeral of Trombonist, Arranger, Band-leader  Composer and All Round Good Egg, Ray Chester. Too many musicians present to single any one out. 
It was a service that told us volumes about the man and there was an atmosphere  of love and respect in the air.
We entered to a recording of the Ray Chester Big Band playing You Don't Know What Love is. Members of Ray's family spoke and read poetry, a recording of the band's vocalist Mia Webb singing The Folks Who Live on the Hill kept the mood musical before Graham Hardy, trumpet, and Colin Haikney, keyboard, gave a poignant rendition of What's New?
This was, I guess, a Humanist ceremony conducted by a lady whose name I omitted to get. She spoke eloquently and beautifully and I'd like to book her for my last gig!  
Afterwards, everyone was invited back to Ray's for refreshments and a jam session. Unfortunately, en route to the church, my exhaust had blown and my main priority was getting it fixed before I felt a hand on my collar.
I'm sure the session back at the house was the perfect ending to Ray's inspiring time on Earth.
Lance.

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