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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

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

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

Monday, December 18, 2017

RIP Keely Smith

It's not just because our birthdays coincide that I feel sad at the passing of Keely Smith inasmuch as the knowledge that yet another purveyor of the GASBook has gone. Fortunately, Keely left behind a recorded legacy of the highest standard that bears  comparision with any of her peers past and present.
I first heard her on TV with the wild trumpet player Louis Prima whom she later married. Capital albums with Nelson Riddle and Billy May kept the flame in my heart burning. That flame was reignited this morning when I heard the sad news and again as I listen to Spotlight on Keely Smith part of Capital's Great Ladies of Song series.
Keely died on Saturday (December 16) at the age of 89 although some sources say 85.
Sadly missed.
Lance.

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