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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.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Lisa Anderson remembers her dad, Billy Nicholson

Lisa Anderson passed on the sad news to me that her dad, trumpet player Billy Nicholson passed away last month (September?). Billy, an excellent trumpet player was also a larger than life character as this memory from Lisa reminds us.

My dad, Billy Nicholson, a trumpet player and such a character, sadly passed away last month...
Paul Wappat made a cd which was recorded live for BBC Radio Newcastle for his dad Frank Wappat, the Radio Station's most well-known disc-jockey who was also a pastor.
Knowing my dad I know for a fact he deliberately got lyrics wrong on purpose as he was very anti-religious. He was meant to sing... "Look up, look up and meet your maker". My dad and pianist Eddie Farrow (both drunks!) sang " Look down, look down and meet your maker"! This was live on air! Poor Frank Wappatt nearly got sacked!
Lisa.
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Billy Nicholson was 88/89 when he died. I have fond memories of a couple of gigs I did with him. One was a NYE dance and Peter Jacobson was on piano. At the time, Jacobson was one of the leading jazz pianists in the northeast and was soon to become one of the best in the UK. I was terrified! "Don't worry" he said, "Have a couple of pints and you'll be fine". By midnight we'd had more than a couple and on New Years Day I had no idea whether I was fine or not!
Lisa sent me a video clip of Billy singing Please Don't Talk About me When I'm Gone at the funeral of his brother, the drummer Alan Nicholson - another legend! Sadly, I was unable to post the video in a legible form which maybe did Billy a favour!
RIP.
Lance.

1 comment :

Tommy Henderson said...

We were playing a wedding reception gig, there was trouble at the door, Billy put down his trumpet, went down to the door, sorted out the troublemaker and calmly came back and resumed playing, he certainly was a one off! Great guy, will always remember him.

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