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Sting: "It was great. They [the River City Jazzmen] all wore blue suits. The band had been together for about twenty years, which was the same age as the suits." - (Melody Maker Sept. 22, 1979).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Monday October 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see centre column).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QG. Tel: 0191 227 5500. 3:00pm/5:30pm. Screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary film (2019, cert. 15, 1hr 55mins).

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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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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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