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Today Friday June 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen: Summer Solstice New Orleans Jazz Brolly Parade + River Tyne Jazz Cruise & Buffet - Newcastle Quayside (adj Pitcher & Piano). £25.00. Info: 0191 252 9429.

Alice Grace Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Classic Swing - Jesmond Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3EX. Tel: 0191 281 0736. 1:00pm. Free.

Little Big Band - Market Square, Darlington DL1 5PN. 5:30pm. Free. A Durham Music Service event.

Evening.

Durham County Youth Big Band - Market Square, Darlington DL1 5PN. 6:15pm. Free. A Durham Music Service event.

Riviera Quartet - St Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook DL15 9ND. Tel: 01388 7627. 7:30pm. £7.00.

Hot Club du Nord - St Cuthbert's Church, Hebron, Northumberland NE61 3LA. 7:30pm.

Paul Donnelly Organ Quartet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (7:30pm doors). £8.00. Donnelly, Stu Collingwood, Paul Smith & Keith Peberdy.

Archipelago + J Frisco + Taupe - Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle NE1 2PQ. Tel 0191 230 4474. 8:00pm. £15.00.

The Jazz Lads - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. Tel: 01287 622 761. 8:00pm. £5.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Archie Brown & the Young Bucks - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

WJRK – 1984 to 2013

(By Roly Veitch)










In 1984 Newcastle based jazz trumpeter and vocalist Mike Durham formed his band the West Jesmond Rhythm Kings specifically to play the classic hot jazz of the 1920s. His band was totally dedicated to this unique repertoire, performing songs well known and obscure (invariably including the verse) all played with neat, polished and sometimes quite complex arrangements often in various contrasting sections and including breaks, harmonised passages, accented rhythmic figures, clever intros and endings, in fact all the 'tricks of the trade' used in the music of that era. This was no run of the mill, busking jazz band. The ensemble soon built a considerable reputation leading to jazz club and festival gigs all over the UK, abroad in France, Italy, Holland, Spain, Ireland and twice to the Chicago area of the USA.
I came into contact with Mike more in recent years due to my gigs with Keith Stephen (who played tenor banjo with Mike for many years) and with saxophonist and clarinettist Steve Andrews. It led to some very enjoyable sessions, on acoustic guitar and the occasional WJRK booking, deputising on tenor banjo. In the course of this I realised just what a great band WJRK was. My mother has some of their CDs (Jazz Lips, Jubilee Stomp, Shake 'em Loose) and they are never off the turntable.
As everyone knows Mike tragically passed away in March. He will be hugely missed for his contribution to jazz as a player, organiser and promoter. The band members have decided the time is right to draw the curtains on his beloved WJRK and the weekend of May 3 to 5 they fulfilled the band's final engagement at The Isle of Bute Jazz Festival. This delightful, long running festival, situated in the idyllic surroundings of Rothesay, featured many bands of contrasting styles, traditional to modern. WJRK played at The Victoria Hotel, The Pavillion Jazz Club, The Sunday morning church service at United Church of Bute and the jazz picnic on the Sunday afternoon. The line up for these final sessions was Brian Chester tbn, Derek Fleck clnt, Phil Rutherford sousa (all long standing band members). Ollie Rillands was on drums, myself tenor banjo and the band was admirably fronted by Edinburgh cornetist and vocalist Jim Petrie. All in all a very enjoyable but also a moving and poignant occasion. I like to think Mike would have approved of our efforts. Mike's wife Patti and her family came over from Glasgow on the Sunday to join the band for the final session.
Roly Veitch.
(More photos to follow)

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