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14362 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 581 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (June 26).

From This Moment On ...

June

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

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 live jazz @ 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.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh @ The Corner House, Whitley Bay - December 22, 1975

The sad death of Lee Konitz this week brought back memories of that immortal session at the Whitley Bay Corner House where the award winning alto saxophonist appeared with Warne Marsh and the Peter Ind Trio - Peter Ind (bass); Dave Cliff (guitar) and Al Levitt (drums).

Dave Weisser had a weekly session there with his Friends of Jazz group which, presumably, opened the doors for one of the most prestigious modern jazz gigs to have ever taken place in Whitley Bay.

Peter Bevan sent me the above photos and, although he is unsure of the source. I can confirm that they were, in fact, taken by Jack Goodwin, compiler of the definitive Warne Marsh discography and, at the time, a keen jazz photographer and the most knowledgeable authority on Warne Marsh on the planet and, by association, Lee Konitz. 

These pics have refreshed my memories of that wonderful December evening in 1975. Was it snowing? Was the moon as high as Charlie Carmichael and I as we rolled home? Who knows? Who cares? We were drunk with the music...
Lance

5 comments :

Stu Collingwood (on F/b) said...

I remember seeing Lee Konitz with the Bill Evans Trio at Ayresome park long ago.

Lance said...

Yup I was there too. Unfortunately I didn't bring my binoculars!
With such introvert players as Konitz and Evans you needed to hear them in a small club or concert hall not in the middle of a football pitch!

Stu Collingwood (on F/b) said...

I could hardly hear with the sound of the crowd, bloody Boro fans 😂

Anonymous said...

Yes that Whitley Bay concert was quite something. Never to be forgotten. It says a lot that Lee and Warne chose Dave Cliff doesn't it. I sometimes went to see Dave Weisser and Friends of Jazz at the venue. Dave was great leading that band and in typical unselfish fashion gave opportunities to other players. I think often Eric Gamblin played guitar but occasionally son Paul played and I remember a young Mark Wood too. And was it Joy Askew who sang with the band? I think it might have been Dave Murphy on bass. Great sessions and happy times.
Roly

George Milburn (on F/b) said...

Mine is a Band on the Wall, Manchester late 70’s, duo memory. I was at the front - what a beautiful performance - but who was the piano player he was touring with?

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