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THURSDAY 24

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

Abbie Finn Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 7:30pm. Donations on the night. To book a table (max four people from one household/support bubble) visit: www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.

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SouLutions Sistas - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (7:00pm doors). £10.00. SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 26

Boys of Brass - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. 7:00pm. £10.00. + £1.37 bf for table for two. Other packages available. See www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk.

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Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Pete King (1940 - 2020)

Just heard via Facebook that Pete King has died. Sad, but not unexpected if it is true. Seeking out an obituary via more reliable sources on Google has so far proved fruitless. However, as the F/b announcement was by no less than Bruce Adams I'm inclined to fear the worst ...

It's true, Peter passed away on Sunday a couple of weeks after his 80th birthday. What a sad day for British jazz, no, delete the word British. Whenever his name came up and we decided we weren't talking about the former co-owner of Ronnie Scott's, the inevitable phrase was added - WORLD CLASS, and I use capital letters deliberately, it would be an insult to his memory to use small case. He could lock horns with the best.

I first heard him at one of the early Newcastle Festivals, probably the mid to late 1960s with the somewhat undistinguished Ed Faultless Trio. There were many more times and each time he seemed to be better than the time before which is how it should be. The last time, March 23, 2012 at Sage Gateshead he was still flying and I left feeling exhilarated.

Although my favourite memories are of him in a quartet setting I think my favourite album is with the Charlie Watts Big Band Live at Fulham Town Hall. Then there was ... this could go on forever ... but the Bebop Preservation Society was another. Everyone will have their favourite and the chances are they'll all be different!
Rest In Peace you're no longer World Class, you're Universe Class!
Lance

5 comments :

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

Great player - saw him once, somewhere, years ago. Sad news.

Unknown said...

I always rated him highly as he combined talent and soul. Great soloist. He seemed to come to come to Darlington Arts Centre every year with the likes of Art Themen, the late Mr Wellins or ‘Laughing’ Stan Tracey. Always good to see him. A great loss.

Lance said...

Well said! But why the anonymity?

Mike Farmer said...

So sorry to hear Pete King has died. I once gave him a couple of gigs in the Manchester area years ago when he was not doing many jazz gigs at the time. He came up from London and amazed us all with his inventive playing. I saw him many times in later years and he was always incredible.-Mike Farmer

Anonymous said...

Well worth a read is his autobiography, Flying high, a jazz life and beyond. He is incredibly honest about his life and it’s great to read about jazz from the British point of view.

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