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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Another Cuban Crisis

Spring was in the air which means only one thing (I'm no longer a young man so my fancy doesn't turn to love or maybe it did in this case) - time to Spring clean.
Where to start? I know, I'll move my treasured collection of 78rpms to a different room. Guess what happens - you're probably ahead of me - one of the shelves gives way and all the items from Ambrose's Cotten Pickers Congregation to Billy May's Mayhem hits the deck. Mayhem indeed, or so I thought. Miraculously, all but one appear to have survived.

The casualty? the double-sided Cubop City by Machito with Howard McGhee on trumpet and Brew Moore on tenor. 
I remember buying the Vogue 78 at The Handy Shop in Laygate, South Shields who were always good for second-hand discs. This was the first time I'd heard either musician and I became a life-long fan of both as well as of Machito's music.
I know I can get it on YouTube, I may even have it on vinyl, CD or cassette but the sentimental value of that moment in time when I found it nestling between (probably), Frankie Laine and Guy Mitchell can't be replaced.
Spring can really hang you up the most.
Lance.

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