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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

A footnote to Zbigniew Namyslowski's visit to Newcastle

(By Gordon Solomon)

The article on the Polish quintet brought back many memories for me. This band actually came to the New Orleans Club in 1968, their tour in the UK was organised on an exchange arrangement with the Polish Jazz Federation, and the Newcastle based band chosen to go in return to Poland and tour for three weeks was the Phoenix Jazzmen. 

I remember I bought a second hand Ford Thames crew bus from a bombsite car dealer in Stanhope Street for £40 - unbelievably it got us all the way to Poland and completed the tour. The arrangement was that the PJF kept the vehicle for their own use and flew us back to the UK, which worked out well. 

I really should write a book about the hilarious times we had over there but I would probably face litigation! 

We also took author Scott Dobson, later famous for his "Larn Yersel Geordie" books, along for the ride and he took some (not very good) photos on his ancient camera. I've attached a couple of them, showing the band playing at a students ball in Warsaw University. 

The personnel was: Derek Dalton (trumpet), Eric Clegg (reeds), Gordon Solomon (trombone), Eddie Piper (bass), Bill Walton (banjo), Gordon Herrick (drums), and Carole Clegg (vocals).
Gordon

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