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Lou Donaldson: "(On Art Blakey) Everything changed. Especially when the women came in, sat down in the front row, and raised their skirts above their knees. Then the drums got louder, the tempos got faster, and every tune was a drum solo" - (JazzTimes, November 2019.)

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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two.

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

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