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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Pete Deuchar with Dick Charlesworth's City Gents - did anyone tape 1961 BBC Jazz Club broadcast?

Tyneside legend Big Pete Deuchar (banjo) was in Dick Charlesworth's Gents for roughly the first six months of 1961, in between running his own band on a Hamburg residency (two doors down from the Beatles) for six months and then, weirdly, joining Doug Richford's London Jazzmen and Bob Wallis' Confederates, at exactly the same time! After one single and a 'Melody Maker' front page splash with the Confederates - which one imagines Doug Richford looking at and thinking 'What the hell's going on?! I thought he was in my band!' - Pete threw in his lot with Richford and stayed for 18 months and two singles.

During his six months with the City Gents, there were no commercial recordings - although Deuchar's back was utilised on the photo shoot for the cover of the 'Meet  the Gents' LP (recorded before he joined) - standing in for trumpeter Bob Masters, who was otherwise engaged on the day of the shoot. There was, though, an appearance on BBC radio's 'Jazz Club' on 15 June 1961, and a couple of TV appearances on ABC, including one with Adam Faith and Tony Bennett, no less. There's a terrific 'Melody Maker' photo of this trio with Deuchar's banjo and bowler hat placed neatly on his chair... 

I daresay the TV spots are long gone, but I'd be amazed if no one taped the 'Jazz Club' episode off-air. If anyone has it, do get in touch. Other vintage live Deuchar has come to light - two tracks from the 1963 Antibes Festival (from French radio, on a digital compilation, including one backing Beryl Bryden) and two tracks jamming with Chris Barber's band in Germany in the 70s or 80s, from a private collection. My biography of Deuchar is somewhat 'long-gestating' but it's getting there...
Colin Harper

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