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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mike Durham Funeral Arrangements.


Patti Durham sent me this re Mike's funeral - "I thought I'd update you - I got confirmation this afternoon from the Funeral Director that the service will be at the Trinity church next Thursday - 21 March.  I've asked for a morning time - at about 11 am.  Afterwards we'll meet up at the Village Hotel - for drinks, buffet, jokes, stories, etc.  plus maybe some more music.  Derek Fleck, Brian Chester and co will play us in and out of the church for the service.  As someone else said, Mike is now walking with the king 
Thanks, Patti x". PS 11am confirmed.
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Beautiful to connect up with the two jazz venues Mike was most associated with in recent years. Patti, we offer you, Cassie and Chris, our absolute, deepest, sympathies and I, personally, am gutted that I will be unable to pay my respects in person. Rest assured that my thoughts will be alongside those of everyone present. 
If, on Thursday at 11am, I'm singing the blues it will be Bix's version as I reflect upon Mike and our mutual love of the great cornet player from Davenport. Iowa.
May he indeed walk with the King as, in our north east dukedom, he was indeed Jazz Royalty.
Lance.

1 comment :

John C. Hallam. said...

Sadly, I too will be unable to be at Mike's funeral. I will be on my way back from a working trip to Paris . I tried to cancel one appointment and come back late on Wednesday but it was not feasible.
Having known Mike for 30+ years, depped in the WJRK, been a member of his Swing Six, Spats Rhythm Boys, the recreated Jos Q Atkinson Band and worked alongside him on the British Dance Band project. I had the greatest respect for his knowledge, unbounded enthusiasm and organisational ability. I also played in almost every Whitley Bay Jazz Festival, from the first (with organiser Ray Brown). Not a year went by that the Festival grew in stature, to become what many regard as the premier Classic Jazz and Hot Dance festival in the world.
Mike quietly stamped his personality and enthusiasms on the Festival, and it is difficult to imagine jazz in the North East without this remarkable man.
I am sorry that I won't be there on Thursday but I am sure that Mike's legacy will continue.
John
p.s. I don't know whether Patti will thank me for this.... it was me who started Mike collecting old trumpets !

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