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Monday, April 05, 2021

Ten great north east jazz musicians. 8 - Ronnie Stephenson

(Photo by Lance circa 1983)
Ronnie Stephenson (1937 - 2002): Born Sunderland, he first made his mark as drummer with various bands fronted by the late Ray Chester before joining the EmCee 5 of which much has been written, not least in this series. Mike Carr, pianist/vibes player with the band paid tribute to Stephhenson's powerful drummer with a number he wrote for Let's Take Five, the band's now very collectible EP. He called the composition Stephenson's Rocket.

After moving to London he played in bands led by Ronnie Scott, Johnny Damkworth and other big names before moving on to Kurt Edelhagen's big band in Germany where he remained for most of his playing career. A drum legend. Lance.


brian ure said...

Thank you for the comments on my old school pal Ronnie Stephenson. He would bring his snare drum to school when he had drum lessons immediately after school. Little did we realise the heights to which his talent would take him.
I have seen many tributes to him and, because of our early friendship, I have been an avid collector of them. However none of the records of his early years make any mention of his ability as a tap dancer!! I remember him appearing at the Gaumont Cinema Children's Saturday morning picture club in Sunderland with his own folding tap board which he opened and began his performance, accompanying himself by whistling the tune. He had rythmn running through him. A great musician!
When Ron died Kenny Mathieson wrote a comprehensive obituary in the Scotsman some of which I would like to share with you.
Ronnie Stephenson was born on the 26th January 1937 in Sunderland, County Durham. His elder brother Billy played piano, and brother Bob also became a pianist, but Ronnie was focussed on playing drums, and, already as a teenager, played in Billy's band.He quickly became professional and worked for a while with Ray Chester's Sextet in Sunderland and later with Pat Rose, before moving down to Birmingham for a job with Cliff Deeley. He toured for almost a year with the singer Lita Roza before his army call-up in 1955. There Ron served his two years National Service in the Royal Signals Band. Upon demobilization he worked for a short time in Aberdeen with Les Thorpe before joining Don Smith's band in Luton. When Don took his band for a residency in Newcastle upon Tyne Ronnie went with him.
Ron retired, with his wife Jean, to Dundee in the 1990s. He died there on the 8th of August, 2002, aged 65.

Russell said...

The collectible EP (Columbia SEG 8153) is listed in the 2022 edition of the Rare Record Guide (it's a bi-annual publication) as having a mint condition value of £175.

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