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Gil Goldstein: "The first three days I was in Florida, I heard Jaco Pastorius play at a club in Fort Lauderdale, and then I heard Pat [Metheny] play in a class on jazz composition. My whole experience of the world changed in those three days." - (DownBeat, March 2020).
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Today Tuesday February 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

A Roaring 20s Social - Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 7:30pm. £12.00.,£10.00. Music student, £8.00. DUJS member. A Durham University Jazz Society event. Open to all.

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Dance band days remembered

On the site of the old Mayfair Ballroomstands a nondescript entertainment complex. The Gate houses a multiplex cinema, countless eateries and a dimly lit 'Spoons. Today, standing outside the glass fronted building was one of Newcastle's better buskers (see photo). The tunes were familiar - a seasonal Jingle Bells segueing into Careless Whisper - but it was the alto saxophonist's improvisational skills which, not for the first time, caught the ear. 

The Mayfair Ballroom hosted its share of dance bands during the sixties and seventies including the renowned Don Smith band. A small plaque mounted high on an exterior wall commemorates the date Led Zeppelin performed in concert. Now, some half a century later, the Mayfair and that of another, nearby, legendary venue, are about to experience something of a revival of interest. Adjacent to the Gate on Newgate Street are two recently opened bar/restaurant ventures, one called 'The Mayfair', the other 'La Dolce Vita'.        
Russell

1 comment :

NeilC said...

Oh happy memories a regular visitor to both venues in the day . Really miss the Mayfair when I think of the nights I spent there and the bands I saw . I loved the Pop up at the Dolci then down to the station to the first Wimpy Bar and the all night bus home. Downstairs was cabaret recall that the New Faces acts played there as they won a contract to tour the Bailey clubs of which Dolci was one . Remember Showaddywaddy being there, the stage was so small and there was 9 of them plus their gear a real challenge .

I also recall the Newcastle players being regular visitors and unlike now they were expected to pay . Recall Supermac just strolling in and the lady collecting the money asking him to pay to which he replied with the standard " Don't you know who I am ?" The retort was priceless " I don't care if you're Houdini you still have to pay" . Angry I can remember him fishing a load of money out of his pocket and throwing it on the counter and then off into the club .