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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, 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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