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Dayna Stephens: "I always tell them [students] there will never be anyone who will play it [EWI] as technically proficient as this cat [Michael Brecker] did." - (JazzTimes June 2019).

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Today Tuesday June 25

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Trio Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

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

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Peter Ninnim -"New kid on the block"


I came across Peter Ninnim at Keith Crombie's wake and I was impressed with his drumming - he certainly can swing. After hearing him again at a couple of the Star jam sessions I persuaded him to come forward and tell us about himself. Lance.

"I was always interested in just being a swinging drummer so that seems to be working. Wish I could find more opportunities to play. I play drums with the Tyne Valley Big Band (third in the open section at Sunderland Big Band Festival!) and of course I was around and playing for most of Keith's wake. My real love though is small group jazz.
You wondered where I appeared from? Well I only started back playing just over two years ago following a house move from a flat in Hexham so it's been lots of hard work.
I moved to the North East back in the sixties to bring a band to play in a nightclub and never went back. After the nightclub scene went flat I stayed and took a regular job (three kids, wife etc).
Before coming here I had played all over London and Europe and wound up in the resident cabaret group at the Park Lane Hilton which was a brilliant experience, although six hours a night. I was lucky that at that time London was full of places to play and wonderful pianists and I played with Jimmy Maxwell, Brian Dee, Frank Willoughby and Norton York amongst others. I wound up doing a few TV gigs with the Norton York Trio (I was known as Pete Patrick back then).
The trio that came up to the North East varied a bit but included Geoff Young on reeds (now professor of music in France I believe) and Tony Lewis on piano (best I ever heard) and Roger "Butch" Potter who I believe wound up playing with the Mike Westbrook band until his early death."
Peter Ninnim.

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