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14375 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 594 of them this year alone and, so far, 94 this month (June 26).

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July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs. @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Friday, February 07, 2020

Do you remember Colonel Crint?

(Lance): My memory was jogged by a recent email  from Howard Davies requesting info about Sid Smith - A.K.A. Colonel Crint who for a brief period enlivened the northeast scene in, I think the mid-sixties, leading his band Colonel Crint and the Regimental Band of the Foot & Mouth Deserters.

I recall "The Colonel" occasionally sitting in at the New Orleans club and buying reeds from me when I worked in J.G. Windows music shop - "Do I get a discount if I buy two reeds?" Undoubtedly a character's character!

Howard informed me that Colonel Sid  died about 14 years ago.

Dave Kerr provided further information on this larger than life character...

"I remember them being more or less stranded in Newcastle. Apparently they had won an Australian Opportunity Knocks type competition. They were sort of a forerunner of Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band with a little of the Temperance Seven thrown in. All good musicians but not in the same league as the Temps. 

Most of their work was doing short spots in working men's clubs and on slack nights you could see one or two of them in the upstairs room at Bambra's Music Hall moonlighting with Peter Gascoyne.

They eventually broke up and went their separate ways. Sid was an amusing character who played soprano sax. I think he was originally from Wallsend and after emigrating had tried to get into show business.

I remember him telling me he had played outlaws as a member of Ned Kelly's gang in a TV series.

After his return to Australia he had a hit program on Children's TV with a glove puppet. I seem to remember it was called something like "Willie the Wombat"? but he went for a few pints one afternoon and came back well-oiled and said the F word live on children's TV!"
Dave

1 comment :

Unknown said...

Sid worked for me for quite a while in the 80's. The kid's show on Channel 7 in North Queensland was called Kid's Army. He was a popular figure in his uniform. Unfortunately he wasn't as punctual as production bookings required, he would often attend after a long session at the pub, but he didn't ever drop a swear word and, if he had, we would have edited it as we pre-recorded a week's shows every Tuesday. He worked locally at several night clubs, mostly the Captain's Cabin, where he played the clarinet with piano accompaniment. Despite his shortcomings for the world of TV, he was a good bloke and I often wonder whatever became of him.

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