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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Photo-Review of Jazz North East's Fundraiser Concert for Marie Curie in memory of Margaret Barnes @ the Lit & Phil, Newcastle, 20th July 2019

(By Ken Drew) 

This is my personal note of gratitude to Margaret, in the form of a photo-review. This page gives the background to the concert together with a glimpse of those who performed. For the full set of photos  (50+) then see the 'photos' link.

The concert's background info (JNE event promo) says it all:

The jazz scene on Tyneside can surely have had no more committed a supporter than Margaret Barnes. The jazz community - musicians, fans and organisers alike - owe her a massive debt of gratitude, and this concert, raising funds for her chosen charity, is our way of saying “Thank You Margaret”.


For well over 40 years she served on the Board of Jazz North East, providing continuity through countless changes in membership, and ever ready with her measured thoughts on the organisation’s concert programme. Like any enthusiast Margaret had her own favourite musicians and styles - big bands were perhaps her first love - but she always recognised that jazz has a glorious diversity, and gave unstinting support to gigs right across the spectrum from Hot Club swing to uncompromising free jazz. Generally sat at the ticket desk, hers was the welcoming smile that immediately assured musicians and audiences they were in for a good night. 

But it wasn’t just with Jazz North East that Margaret’s love of jazz expressed itself. She was a great supporter of local players, always ready with words of encouragement, and a frequent audience member at gigs ranging from local trad residencies through to high profile festival sessions. The eagerness with which musicians have signed up to take part in today’s tribute is a mark of the high esteem in which Margaret was held by everybody who met her and warmed to her boundless enthusiasm.

Those that attended and/or donated money to the collection will be pleased to know we'll have raised over £500 for the charity.

The photo of Margaret is from the Sage concourse (Jazz Festival) in April 2016.

Ken.
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