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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 Monday May 20

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

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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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