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Thursday 6: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free. OUTDOOR gig.

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Back in the day, all gigs were "strictly smoking" both on and off stage as these vintage photos show.

Viewing them, all these years later, makes me think that the tobacco companies have arguably been more lethal than Covid-19!

L:R - Pete King, unknown, Jimmy Witherspoon. Scott Adair, unknown, Bill Brooks.

1 comment :

NeilC said...

Lance , I posted an article about going to a Jazz club in Thessaloniki last year .Greece still allows smoking in their bars and clubs so it was a rather unpleasant step back in time .At one point we had to take our drinks outside in what was the wee small hours and decidedly cooler to listen to the band outside and escape the fog of tobacco smoke.

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