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11,772 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 912 of them this year alone and, so far, 49 this month (August 13).

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August

Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Monday, March 23, 2020

RIP Mike Longo (1939 - 2020)

To the best of my knowledge, Covid-19 has claimed its first jazz victim. Pianist/composer/arranger/educator/author Mike Longo  died two days after his 81st birthday on March 21, Cause of death was given as complications arising from the virus.

Longo had an illustrious career, apart from leading his own trio, he also played with Red Allen at the Metropole in NYC where he was first heard by Dizzy Gillespie, played with Roy Eldridge at Embers West from whence he joined Dizzy's quintet, and later his Reunion Band.

His association with Dizzy lasted for the trumpet player's lifetime and he read a eulogy at his funeral.

Regretably, although I saw Dizzy many times I never heard him when Mike Longo was with him.

Sadly missed.
Lance

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