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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Forget New Orleans, it all began in Annfield Plain (at least in South West Durham it did)


Earlier this month, Patrick Brennan sent me an interesting post about Carole Clegg and Speakeasy which can be read here. The article, from the Tanfield School Newsletter of 2007 also refers to the early days of the Phoenix Jazzmen - long before Sting's association with the band.
Brian Chester, a founder member of the Phoenix Jazzmen, dug out these photos from the early 1960s which, I'm sure, will stir a few memories for those of us who are still around.
The first photo dates from 1960 and was taken at the Annfield Plain Central Methodist Youth Club.
Bill Golightly (trumpet); Brian Chester (trombone); Eric Clegg (clarinet); John Iceton (banjo); Ted Spears (drums).

The second photo, taken in 1963, shows the band playing at the Royal Albert Hall no less!
The front line remains the same as on the first photo but the rhythm section now comprises Terry Harvey (banjo); Eddie Piper (bass) and Jimmy Maughan (drums).
The third photo has the same personnel and was taken a year later (1964) at the Fandango night club in Hexham.
Always good to see these vintage photos of north east jazz so, if anyone has others they may wish to share, whether trad or modern , of the 'Good Old Days' then please send them to me and, if you have some explanatory words to go with them, so much the better.
In the mean time, thank you Brian for these ones.
Lance.

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