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Today Sunday January 26

Afternoon

Jazz

VCJ Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12.00 - 3.00pm. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Hurworth Village Hall, Church Row, Hurworth, Darlington DL2 2AQ. 2:30pm. £5.00. (inc refreshments). Ticket info: 01325 720694/01325 720177.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul/ Etc.

JC & the High Rollers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free. Rockabilly.

Heavenly Thrillbillies - Tyne Bar, Maling Street, Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Back to Basics - Quakerhouse, Mechanics’ Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6:00pm. Free. Darlington Jazz Club.

Jazz Jam #2 - The Library, Saddler St., Durham DH1 3NU. Tel: 0191 384 6704. 7:30pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

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

Monday, July 07, 2014

RIP Kathy Stobart


Just heard the sad news that Kathy Stobart died on July 5. Born in South Shields (1925) Kathy has always been held in warm affection by north east jazz fans starting her professional career with Peter Fielding's Band at the Oxford Galleries aged 17. Moving to London soon after she played in a variety of bands big and small. Married and divorced Canadian bassist Art Thompson and later trumpeter Bert Courtley with whom she briefly co-lead a modern sextet.
Spells with Vic Lewis and Humphrey Lyttleton followed and it was in Humph's band she spent her later playing years.
In the photo she is leading her own band with Lennie Best on vibes at the 1982 Newcastle Jazz Festival.
Arguably the first outstanding British female sax player Kathy was also considered by many to be "The First Lady of British Jazz" not bad for a lass from Shields!
Very sadly missed.
Kathy was 89.
Obituary.
Lance.
PS: Kathy's brother the late Ralph Stobart was an early member of the Customs House Big Band.

6 comments :

Brian Bennett said...

Although I only saw Kathy on 2 occasions, both with trumpeter, Humphrey Lyttelton, she certainly made a lasting impression. The first occasion was at Newcastle Guildhall on the Quayside sometime in the early 1970's. The front-liners, Humph; Kathy, tenor & baritone sax and the brilliant Bruce Turner on alto were truly incredible - I can't recall the rhythm section but they were dynamic, too. Can anyone name them? Although I knew Kathy was from South Shields, I was unaware she had a brother who also played sax, until bass player, Derek Dixon, mentioned doing gigs with 'Ralphy' Stobart. Thinking back, the Guildhall was a terrific venue for jazz. Great acoustics, cabaret seating (no problem getting to the bar for a refill) and the Sunday afternoon concerts with The Newcastle Big Band were memorable.

Steve Andrews (on F/b) said...

A great saxophonist, and a pioneer woman jazz musician competing at the top level. Sorry to hear this.

Mia Webb (on F/b) said...

Very sad news. I used to pick Ralph up and take him to the Customs House rehearsals when Kim first joined. I met Kathy a few times, she was a lovely lady.

Hugh said...

A sad loss. Her album "Arbeia" is a favourite of ours, first purchased in the original vinyl format, but now also on CD.

Hugh said...

Listen out for a track from Arbeia - "Cry of Triumph" together with more from Kathy Stobart on Radio 3's Jazz Record Requests this coming Saturday http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04fy978

Michael Dunn said...

Kathy introduced me to the world of jazz when we both worked at Bill Lewington's in the late 1960's. A lovely lady, and a lasting influence.