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Monday, September 09, 2019

Preview: Bruce Adams @ Blaydon Jazz Club

This coming Sunday (Sept. 15) marks the 35th anniversary of Blaydon Jazz Club and will be celebrated with a session by world-class trumpet player Bruce Adams. 

That this landmark has been achieved is due to the belief and perseverance, tempered with the occasional disappointment, of one man - guitarist Roly Veitch.

Self-effacing Roly will refute this statement and, whilst it's true that along the way he's had support, he alone has been the one constant that's kept it going despite venues closing, funds running short and the constant battle to keep audience levels viable.

It's been a roller-coaster ride that has seen many fine musicians grace the stage - Tommy Whittle, Roy Williams, Alan Barnes, Johnny Barnes, Janusz Carmello and Vasilis Xenopoulos* to mention but some as well as a lot of top notch local bands and musicians - and I can think of few players better fitted than Bruce Adams to headline this celebration.

Apart from being a fantastic trumpet player, his skills as a raconteur are on a par with his frequent frontline compatriot Alan Barnes which means that a very entertaining evening is in store.

Back in the early days it was piano legend Bill Harper who led the house band but, with Bill now resident in France, it is the brilliant Paul Edis Trio who have taken on that role and the combination of Bruce, Paul & Co is a mouthwatering prospect.

This promises to be a night to remember so be sure to find yourself "Gannin' along the Scotswood Road on the way to Blaydon".
Lance

Sunday Sept. 15
Bruce Adams w. the Paul Edis Trio,
The Black Bull,
Bridge St.,
Blaydon,
NE21 4JJ.
Tel: 0191 4142846.
7:30pm. £10.

*Return visit by Vasilis Xenopoulos w. Paul Edis Trio on Oct. 27.

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