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John Pizzarelli: “The thing I’m learning at this point is, if you have the best guys, you don’t have to do too much” – (Down Beat September 2017)

Adam Rogers: “When I plug a Strat into a Marshall that’s cranked, it’s just like…oh, man!” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Tuesday September 26

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Black Bull, 98 Front St., East Boldon NE36 0SG. 1pm. Free. 0191 5365127. 2nd of 6 consecutive gigs. 2 mins from East Boldon metro.
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Evening
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion, West Jesmond Ave., Newcastle NE2 3EX. 8:30pm. £5.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, November 21, 2016

More Panama Pics.

The attached photo shows the Panama Jazzmen frontline that won the Clem Millard Jazz band competition at the Oxford Galleries in 1955 but with Dave Thurston on Bass.
The brown Blazers Joe Mac, Dave and Myself are wearing were purchased with the cash prize from that comp. (Don't know what happened to Ronnie McLeans brown blazer but I recall he always liked to look pretty dapper and might have been pretending he was the leader?)
At that time the Panama used several bass players as available.
Joe Garner (on national service so rarely available)
Ray Jobling (a left-handed bass player but a great swinger)
Dave Thurston
Barry Philips ( also a guitar player of some note).
I was using a German Oehler system clarinet prior to my graduation to the Bohem System as can be seen in the solo photo from the same session as the group picture.
Sorry if I am being a bit of a bore but the Panama of the mid 1950's was a very good band and should be recorded at least pictorially since i have not been able to locate the tapes from one session that I am certain was recorded at the City Hall concert in I think 1956 (Newcastle Arts Festival).
Don.

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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