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14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December

Sun 04: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 04: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Remi Harris & Tom Moore @ Bowes & Gilmonby Parish Hall, Co. Durham. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Liane Carroll @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 04: Let Spin + Ceitidh Mac @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Carole Clegg and Speakeasy

Patrick Brennan recently came across this article in the Tanfield School Newsletter for Summer 2007 when he was looking into the history of the Phoenix Jazzmen. His former art teacher, Terry Harvey, was a member of the group for a while and brought them to his school (St Joseph's in Hebburn) sometime in the early 60's. It was his first exposure to live jazz. 
Lance.
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(From the Tanfield School Newsletter - Summer 2007/Photo from Bensons Hotel, Llangollen) 
Following the very successful event of the 94th Birthday event in November 2006, when the above Band entertained us with a tremendous programme of first class music. The Executive Committee by popular request have engaged “Carole Clegg & Speakeasy” to be our entertainment Band on Saturday 24th November 07 (95th Birthday Celebration).
We have never had so many people say how much they enjoyed the evening entertainment given to us by Carole and Speakeasy last November, and how much they would like them to come back again if possible (and that’s not including the enthusiastic fans of Ted Spears and Ed and Brenda Carrington, who were in great admiration of their dancing). The food will again be in the form of a Hot and Cold Buffet provided by South Moor Golf Club Catering, we all look forward to their excellent provision of scrumptious nourishment. It is also very pleasing that Carole and husband Eric are members of the Tanfield Association and are keen to give support in all we do. However, we have discovered there is more to it than the Band’s leaders being members, we have also found out that the Band evolved from a group of young people who formed a Band while they were pupils at Stanley Grammar School in the 1960’s. The following may be of some interest:
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In the beginning the idea was Billy Golightly’s, who was a Junior Leader of Annfield Plain Central Methodist Youth Club, “for any interested members to form a traditional jazz band”. The year was 1960. The Band was called “The YAMA YAMA Jazzmen” after the tune by Wilbur de Paris called “The Yama Yama Man” and the tune was adopted as their signature tune.

The original line-up who were all Stanley Grammar School pupils were:
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Billy Golightly Trumpet
Brian Chester Trombone
Eric Clegg Clarinet
John Iceton Banjo
Ted Spears Drums
Reg Harrison Double Bass

This line-up played at several local youth club functions and events, and soon became very popular in the Stanley area. Due to Further Education and employment demands the line-up changed and Reg Harrison was replaced on Double Bass by Eddie Piper, John Iceton was replaced on Banjo by Terry Harvey, and the Drum chair was taken by Jimmy Maughan, and the Band changed its name to the “Phoenix Jazzmen” as it had arisen from the ashes of the previous band. It was this Band that was chosen to represent the North of England at the National event of the U.K. Methodist Association of Youth Clubs at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1961, to perform in front of thousands of young people. In the same year Carole Long was added to the Band as Vocalist. Carole married Eric in 1967 (their Ruby Wedding Anniversary is this year), and they continued to perform in various Bands at home and abroad with a variety of top jazz musicians. They now are the leaders of their own very successful Band “Carole Clegg & Speakeasy” whose policy is to encourage young musicians to play and enjoy jazz.

Their current drummer, Tim Steemson is 17 years, Bass player John Pope 22 years, and Keyboard player Chris Welsh 27 years old. It is interesting to note that Carole and Eric were at the same age as their present drummer when it all began.

Isn’t it wonderful that from that idea and start by Billy Golightly in 1960 with Stanley Grammar School pupils, Carole and Eric are now leading their own Band in performing for the Tanfield Association Members in 2007? Most people would agree that the 95th Birthday of the school is a special birthday and therefore, for the Celebration Event we would wish to encourage as many people as possible to attend. By giving members plenty of notice (Saturday 24th November 07) it would encourage them to come not just as individuals, but also as family groups or friendship parties. The Association events are always with tables place-named, therefore ensuring that everyone is reserved a seat. It also means that families or a group of friends can reserve their own table, so please don’t delay, start now organising your family or friendship group table, and look forward to a really memorable evening together with “Carole Clegg & Speakeasy.”


3 comments :

CJ said...

Since Eric's untimely death a few years ago, Carole has since relocated to Edinburgh, to be with her eldest son and his family. She leads an active life, having undertaken various fundraising expeditions in Cambodia and China; she is also involved in music education.

John Pope (bass) still lives and works in the Northeast, heavily involved with many jazz projects.

Tim Steemson (drums) now lives in London, working as a performer and teacher in various genres, including jazz.

Chris Welsh (keys) has also relocated to London, working as a musical director, performer, and teacher, in the fields of musical theatre, jazz and cabaret.

Previous band members of "Speakeasy" included Ian Heslop (bass), Mark Eggerman (guitar), Andy Pattinson (guitar), Richard Rutherford (keys), Sebastian Thirlway (keys), John Blackburn (drums), Keith Smith (drums), Will Haywood Smith (drums).

Regular guests with Speakeasy included Digby Fairweather (trumpet), Roy Williams (trombone), and Bruce Adams (trumpet).

If my memory serves me correctly, "Speakeasy" began in the late 1990s, when Carol, Eric, and Ian broke away from the Savoy Jazzmen - which continued with Clive Madgen (trumpet), and Annie Jenkins (vox), as well as various other musicians.

Anonymous said...

I was with SAVOY JAZZ for some 12 years
I did work with Carole Clegg Raymond Newton
SAVOY musicians included Mac Smith/ Jim McBriarty/Laurence McBriarty/Mal Armstrong/Terry Harvey/ F Embleton
Kindest regards Raymond Newton

Peter Jezard said...

Peter Jezard here, thanks for posting memories of Carol and Eric Clegg. From being a founder member of the Stockton based 'New Orleans Preservation Band' I worked with the Savoy (trombone) in the late 70s in Durham, then for a while with the Tees Valley Jazz-men.
When Speakeasy had gigs in the south-east, Carol, Clive and the band used to stay with me on my house-boat here on Mersea Island. Speakeasy was a superb outfit. Carol, from being initially a rather shy vocalist with the Savoy, blossomed into a fine blues singer somewhat in the style of Ottilie Patterson.
Down here in the south-east, publicans actually PAY well to have live jazz entertainment, so for me the days of going cap in hand to rent a room so we could help the bar sell more beer have long gone and I continue to keep jazz alive in North Essex.

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