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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Mostly Moonlight @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Vocals/piano duo.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets: www.sedgefieldblues.com.
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

RIP Dave Rae - Death of a legend

It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that Dave Rae passed away at approximately 8.30 this morning (Feb. 25).

I have lost a musical partner of many years but also the best friend one could hope for.

The North East Jazz scene has lost a major player and standard bearer for true New Orleans music, but mostly a gentleman in every sense of the word.

I would be grateful if you could relay this sad information to the wider Jazz public via your blog.
John Robinson.

19 comments :

Lance said...

Sad news indeed. A great banjo player and, as you say John, a gentleman in every sense of the word. I know he will be sadly missed, not just in New Orleans circles but by everyone who knew him. May he rest in peace.

Funeral details will be announced here as they are finalised. In the meantime our thoughts are with his family and friends.

CCJAZZMEN said...

Such sad news. I really used to look forward to seeing Dave and the band on my trips from Hong Kong.
He was such a warm and lovely person to chat to and so knowledgeable on New Orleans jazz.

A big loss to the jazz scene in the North East.

R.I.P.

Colin Aitchison (Hong Kong)

Alan Rudd said...

Lance, we're really sad to hear about Dave Rae, he was indeed a gentleman and so knowledgeable and passionate about the New Orleans genre.

Unfortunately I have some more bad news. Classic Swing have been using Norman Brown on keyboards recently at the Jesmond Legion gig. However we were sad to hear Norman died recently. His funeral is tomorrow, Thursday, 1pm, at Sunderland Crematorium.

Norman played for many years with Arthur Mowatt's big band at the Park Hotel, and was still playing organ in local clubs. I believe he also taught piano.

Brian Bennett said...

Sadly the end of an era for all those traditional jazz fans and musicians who followed and played with The Rae Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band. RIP Dave

Elizabeth Bacon (on F/b) said...

That's a lovely tribute to Dave by John Robinson . He is going to be dreadfully missed

Phil Smith (on F/b) said...

Sad news. Lovely man.

Russell said...

I always thought of Dave as a very nice man.It seems others think the same. Dave was a classy banjo player and a fine singer of New Orleans and gospel numbers.

Robert Wade (on F/b) said...

So sorry to hear the sad news. Great guy and gentleman of jazz.
Spoke to Mike Pointon (CO author of Colyer book ) good friend of Dave’s. He sends condolences and has many wonderful memories.
RIP Dave

Patti (on F/b) said...

Dave was such a sweet guy - and wonderful musician - he sang really nicely too. We'll all miss him so much.

Roly said...

Such very sad news. Dave was a lovely, gentle person and as John says has made such a remarkable and devoted contribution to the tradition of pure ensemble style New Orleans jazz.

Steve Andrews (on F/b). said...

I heard just a week or so ago that Dave was very ill. Very sorry to hear this news. A nice man and a good banjoist, and very dedicated to jazz. He'll be a big miss.

Cliff Soden (on F/b). said...

Aww man, such sad news. Dave was a lovely guy.

John Hallam (on F/b). said...

Very sorry to hear this. Mac told me last week that Dave was really ill. Great banjo/ tenor guitar player, vocalist and encyclopaedic knowledge of N O stuff. Best of all, he was a nice gentle man.

Jude Murphy (on F/b) said...

Very sad news.

Gordon Solomon said...

Depressing news indeed. Dave, Mac and myself became interested in New Orleans jazz at about the same time and played together in various bands from the 1960's onwards. A true enthusiast of the music who never said a bad word about anyone.
Gordon Solomon.

Anonymous said...

Just note to register my comments regarding Dave Rae . I was very sad to learn of the passing of Dave Rae.
I first met /worked with Dave Deputising for John Robinson On many occasions Also meeting up with the many Guests that Dave booked on a regular basis
A true gentleman in The New Orleans style
R I P
Raymond Newton Double Bass/ Cello/ Bass Guitar

Keith Peplow said...

Keith and Maggie Peplow in Sicily
We are both so sad to see the news of Dave Rae,he Always had time to speak to speak to us, and provided such good music with his band, so easy to dance to, and provided such a relaxed atmosphere,our thoughts to his family.Rest in Peace Mate.

Chris & Sandra Stapleton said...

Sad indeed. Dave was so kind and thoughtful. The jazz was inspiring and his regular contact since we moved away from NE much appreciated and missed. Jazz scene will be the poorer for this loss. RIP

Margaret & Barry Aitchison said...

Sorry to hear of the news that he is gone he will be missed in the jazz, we liked his music. Now that he is gone we have lost his music and his jazz RIP.

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