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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guest Don Fairley (trombone).

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

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Tonight @ The Gala Theatre Durham

The Ronnie Scott’s Story
Featuring the Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet
UK TOUR
12th May - Durham, Gala Theatre
22nd May - Chelmsford, The Civic Theatre
24th June - Wimborne, Tivoli Theatre
6th – 10th July - Henley-on-Thames Henley Festival
17, 24 & 31 July - York, Great Yorkshire Fringe
29th July - Kings Lynn Festival, Norfolk
In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s Soho.    An ardent jazz fan, he and fellow saxophonist Peter King had dreamt of opening a club modelled on the swinging jazz clubs and buzzing scene of New York’s 52nd Street.  From its humble beginnings fifty six years ago, Ronnie Scott’s would become one of the most famous jazz joints in the world. 
The Ronnie Scott’s Story is a visual and musical celebration of the club’s extraordinary history.  Combining live jazz, narration and rare archive video footage, it charts the club's rise from a basement bar, through its trials & tribulations and landmark  performances from jazz icons, to become the internationally acclaimed jazz venue it is today.
We hear about the desperate hand-to-mouth finances of the early years, the frequent Soho police raids, gangsters and their scrapes with the Krays and the mystery bottle of Champagne.   Life at Ronnie’s is evocatively reimagined through tales of the club’s past visitors, from pop stars, film stars and politicians to comedians and royalty, but above all, Ronnie’s jokes and the musicians.
Having fought to lift a ban on visiting American musicians, Ronnie Scott’s would play host to some of the finest musical talent of the 20th century including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Elvin Jones, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, Ella Fitzgerald and many, many more.  Co-hosted by saxman Alex Garnet and Ronnie Scott’s Musical Director, pianist James Pearson, The Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet perform music by many of the great acts that have graced the clubs stage, exemplifying the classic post-bop sound of the great era of jazz.
Featuring, James Pearson Piano, Sam Burgess Bass, Alex Garnett Sax, Freddie Gavita Trumpet and Chris Higginbottom Drums.

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