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13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

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.

Dave 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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