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16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Mike, Humph and Buck - The Fallen Heroes.

As readers will have noted, I've been spending a few days in London and enjoying the music at Ronnie's and Pizza. Sadly, this meant I missed Mike Durham's funeral although my thoughts have been with Patti and the family.
More so at 11am on Thursday - the time of the funeral. As fate would decree, purely by chance, I found myself close to 100 Oxford St. which, of all the London venues, was probably the one closest to Mike's heart. It brought back memories for me too - hearing Humph, getting Buck Clayton's autograph (wonder where that went?) As I thought about Mike, Humph and Buck, I noticed there was a band playing later that day - The Fallen Heroes. How heaven sent was that?
RIP Mike I just wish I could have made it. Hopefully, someone will fill us in on the day.
Lance.
PS: Brian Chester has kindly scanned me the order of service which can be seen here. Brian also remarked on the emotive rendition by Caroline Irwin and Roly Veitch of Parlez-Moi d'Amour.

2 comments :

Alice and Derek Fleck said...

I feel very privileged to have served on Mike Durham’s committee for the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival.
I felt proud to be part of the organizing, working alongside Mike. He was always polite, positive, considerate and kind. Mike put his all into the festivals success. He certainly knew how to front his band with his very funny and witty jokes!!!! At the end of each festival the punters would say ”The best one yet.” Mike would say “This is definitely the last one.” This continued for many years!
Mike said “You lads don’t go astray.
Play Clarence Williams while I'm away
If in a crisis, well my advice is, to
make whoopee.
Miss you Mike. Alice Fleck.

Derek here. Just to say without Mike I would not have met such great musicians and played with them, and travelled the places we have been. He gave me confidence, saying, you can organise the Banjorama can’t you, and the Clarinetitis, and I did, because of Mike. Thank you Mike.

Anonymous said...

I got to know Mike more in recent years arising from my association with Keith & Caroline Stephen and Steve Andrews. It led to some of the most enjoyable music experiences I've ever had. I can only echo what Alice and Derek say above. Its been an absolute priviledge.
Roly

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