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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Thursday, October 02, 2014

More on Ralph Sutton @ The Corner House

Just listened with great surprise that this C House session had been recorded.
I was lucky enough to be on it and can give some info. When I first got started playing jazz I got a regular gig at The Golden Lion, Winlaton Mill with Clem Avery's reformed jazzmen but also he took me weekly to The Mainstreet Jazzmen session on Tuesdays at C House, Heaton. The usual line up was Joe McMullen tpt/leader, Jimmy Ruddick alto/clt, Ronnie McLean tbn, Norman Rudd pno, Clem Avery fender bass and Bill Calboutin dms (not sure of spelling). I used to sit behind Norman and he helped me with the chords. Norman was a very kind man and very supportive.  
The line up was a bit variable - I think sometimes Stan Martin played and possibly Gordon Solomon on tbn.  Well - sometimes they had a guest musician - Dick Wellstood 29/1/80, Wild Bill Davison 27/11/79, Peanuts Hucko 11/12/79 - on this occasion Ralph Sutton. All were JNE promotions.  Ralph was a lovely man and a great player. It was 17th June 1980. I have a poster and will get it scanned and send it to you. Ralph joined the band but when it came to his trio spot I retired to the bar. I remember looking forward and seeing Clem beckoning me forward. Apparently Ralph had said "does the guitar player not think he is in the rhythm section?"  So I went up and joined the trio. It was a thrilling experience for me as you can imagine and one I'll never forget. Never thought I'd hear a recording of it.
(Lance):In this solo version of A Good Man is Hard to Find from the same concert the spoken introduction is by the late Chris Yates.


Colin said...

And on this night it was Dad on valve-trombone as Ronnie must have been still looking for his lost tooth!
Colin Aitchison
Hong Kong

Lance said...

Ronnie McLean lost a tooth after biting into a ham sandwich!. This achieved some publicity in the local press and it is believed the sandwich and the tooth are now preserved, under tight security, in a local history museum. I'm half expecting them to appear on ebay or at a Deli near you!!

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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