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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Remembering Tony Hall (1928-2019)

I feel a lot of sadness at the death of record producer/journalist and many other things, Tony Hall. aged 91.

Back in my teenage years when I lived in London for awhile most of my leisure time was spent hanging out at the 100 Club on Oxford St., or the Flamingo Club on Wardour St. It was at this latter venue which, in the days before Ronnie's, was the premier modern jazz club in London. All the top British names played there including the Jazz Couriers, Eddie Thompson (with his guide dog Max sleeping under the piano), Don Rendell and, on one memorable occasion, Carmen McRae with Don Abney on piano.

Tony Hall was the compere on most evenings, a role he carried out with authority and humour - as cool a dude as anyone on the scene at that time.

I remember an occasion when someone asked him who was playing at the club on the following night. He looked puzzled before saying, "Haven't got a clue - is there a Melody Maker in the house?"

Tony also produced and wrote the sleeve notes for the old Tempo label which featured many of the above names.

He later moved on to greater things but, for me, he'll always be the tall young man who made those Flamingo sessions so enjoyable.

Tony Hall passed away on June 26, 2019.
Sadly missed.


Harry said...

Hi Lance,

Sorry to read of Tony Hall's passing. He was a shining light pushing local jazz and jazz musicians in those early days. I don't think there are many of us left who still remember the great sessions at The Flamingo and the 100 Club.

Best regards

Harry Monty

Lance said...

Yes, those were the days Harry - who knows, we may have been at the same gigs or had a pint at the pub opposite the Flamingo, or the one around the corner from the 100 Club! I'd love to hear more of your memories from those halcyon days.

Harry said...

Hi Lance,

Many a memorable night at the Flamingo with many of the top names appearing - some I can still remember are the Ronnie Scott nine piece, The Jazz Couriers with Ronnie and Tubby, The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra with Cleo Laine - spine tingling session, the Jazz Makers with Alan Ganley and Ronnie Ross, the Jazz Five with Vic Ash and Harry Klein, the Tony Kinsey group with Joe Harriott and of course, as you mentioned, Eddie Thompson and his dog Max. At the 100 Club one fantastic night was Humph and his band with Tony Coe and Joe Temperley and featuring Jimmy Rushing.
Another club I went on a couple of occasions was the Blue Lagoon which was in a basement in Carnaby Street (before it became famous). On the second occasion Helen Merrill was appearing with Dill Jones (I think), Spike Heatley and John Marshall, when who should come into the club but Dinah Washington with her pianist, Beryl Booker. Helen invited them up and Dinah then started to sing and literally brought the house down. What a night!!!

That's all for now.

Best regards


Lance said...

1959 - the Woody Herman Anglo-American Herd at the Royal Festival Hall. An all British sax section (apart from Woody).Johnny Scott, Don Rendell, Art Ellefson, Ronnie Ross. Trumpets: Bert Courtly, Les Condon, Kenny Wheeler + Nat Adderley Reunald Jones. Trombones: Eddie Harvey, Ken Wray + the great Bill Harris. An all-American rhythm section: Charlie Byrd (guitar), Vince Guaraldi (piano), Keeter Betts (bass), Jimmy Campbell (drums). the British guys (ok I know that 2 were Canadian) more than held their own.

I envy you seeing Helen Merrill and Dinah Washington on the same night!

Harry said...

Hi Lance,

Yes that was a triumph of collaboration between American,Canadian and British musicians - I don't think I saw them at the Royal Festival Hall but probably saw them at the Odeon Hammersmith. I understand it was Ronnie Ross who organised the British contingent. Great memories.

Best regards


Lance said...

That is amazing, I too thought I'd saw them at Hammersmith! However, I still have the programme and when I checked it was deffo RFH. The tour finished at the Granada cinemas in Tooting and Walthamstow. I did see JATP at Hammersmith.

Incidentally, the programme has an advert for the Marquee Club featuring all the usual suspects plus Michael Garrick. This was before it moved into blues and rock 'n' roll.

Cost 4 bob to get into the club - 5p in new money to see Tubby Hayes!

Lance said...

Whoops! Got my maths wrong - 20p, still a bargain at any price to hear Tubbs...

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