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Today Saturday June 15

Afternoon

Jazz

Tyne Valley Big Band - Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Tynedale Rugby Club, Station Road, Corbridge NE45 5AY. 2:30pm. £12.00. Festival open noon ‘til 11:00pm.

Evening

No Fox Given - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, Newcastle NE2 1AP. 7:00pm. £7.00. (£6.00. adv.). Newcastle University tenor saxophonist Sam Fox's quartet plus guests.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - 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, June 11, 2018

Zbigniew Namyslowski Quintet

Back in 1964, Zbigniew Namyslowski set Newcastle on fire after a memorable session at the New Orleans Club. I wasn't actually there but the number of people 'of a certain age' who have, over the years, waxed eloquent about it (substitute 'waxed eloquent' with raved) makes me think I had been there!. Listening to the album, Lola, recorded around that time makes me realise I was there, albeit in spirit rather than in person.
Let's move forward some 54 years to the July, 2018, issue of DownBeat where we discover a mention, if not a review, of the aforementioned alto player who actually released a newly recorded album last year - Polish Jazz--Yes! Warner Music is the company that released the disc and, if it is half as good as Lola then seek it out. Who knows, it might even be better! 
Lance.

2 comments :

Tomasz Furmanek (on F/b) said...

Wow! Zbigniew Namyslowski is amazing, a true giant and legend of Polish jazz! He represents all that's best in Polish jazz, and in jazz generally!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Lance
I think I've mentioned before, I was at this memorable session. Never heard anything quite like it. Fantastic. My other main recollection of the New Orleans Club is the regular session of a quartet fronted by a very modern tenor sax player, Jeff Hedley. I think Bill Harper was in the band, Joe Young on guitar and I can't remember the bass player - do you know? I think they played a lot of Jeff's original compositions. I've often wondered what became of Jeff Hedley. I think someone said, quite a while back, that he worked at DHSS, Longbenton. Good memories of those heady days. New Orleans Club on Forth Bank and Club Agogo up on Percy Street. There I remember Alex Harvey Soul Band and Spencer Davis Group (with the amazing 17 year old Steve Winwood) in particular.
Roly


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