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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.


Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Edison Herbert Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 02: Musicians Unlimited @ West Hartlepool RFC, Hartlepool. 12 noon. Two sets (12 noon-1:00pm & 2:00-3:00pm). ‘Sunday Big Band Blast meets WHRFC’s Classic Car Show’.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 02: Mark Williams Trio @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 02: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. A 'pint sized' NCRO gig/rehearsal session feat. Dave Hignett, Jim McBriarty, Gavin Lee, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford with special guest drummer Nick Ward.
Sun 02: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Anth Purdy @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington. 6:30pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’.
Sun 02: MSK @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 03: John Garner & John Pope @ Yamaha Music School, Blyth. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 04: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Ben Phillips, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 05: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 05: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Remembering Clark Terry.

1958. Odeon Cinema, Newcastle: Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra.

The first time I'd heard the Ellington band live and the first time I'd heard Clark, What a band and what a trumpet section! Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker and Ray Nance. I don't think Duke ever had a better one.

1973. San Sebastian Jazz Festival: Clark Terry and his Orchestra.

An open air concert in Plaza de la Trinidad. It was raining. The band was enclosed and the famous French jazz critic Hugues Panassié was sipping an aperitif protected from the rain by a huge umbrella - I wasn't! Did the rain spoil the concert for me? No way, I simply ensured that I was as wet on the inside as I was on the outside with the aid of liberal doses of cuba-libra. 

This was one of the best big bands I've ever heard or seen. Alongside Clark in the trumpet section was another great trumpet player, Richard Williams. The saxes included Jimmy Heath, Ernie Wilkins, Arnie Lawrence and Chris Woods. Jimmy Willkins and Richard Boone were among the bones whilst piano, bass and drums were Horace Parlan, Eddie Jones and Grady Tate. I was on a high and the white rum only partly contributed to it.

1983. North Sea Jazz Festival. The Clark Terry Octet

Clark was a regular at the Dutch festival which was, back then, held in Den Haag. This particular year he was with a mix of Dutch and American musicians (see photo)  - Ray Bryant (piano); Clark Terry (flugel); Major Holley (bass); Piet Noordyk (alto sax); Ferdinand Povel (tenor sax); Harry Edison (trumpet); Al Grey (trombone), Gus Johnson (drums).

A lot of big hitters there but, amazingly, apart from Clark, the one who really set it alight was hometown boy Noordyk - one of the best alto players I've ever heard!

That, I think was the last time I heard Clark Terry live. Fortunately, made a lot of fine records before he left us in 2015 at the age of 94 although, to be honest, I never quite got away with his Mumbles recordings but that was the only time.

Apart from the Ellington's, there's an Emarcy album, Jam Session, where he locks horns with Clifford Brown and Maynard Ferguson and doesn't settle for third place. His Don't Worry 'Bout Me on the ballad medley is pure magic.

May he still be remembered in another hundred years time and every day in between ...


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