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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

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

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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