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13,107 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 526 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (April 16).

Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Ten north east jazz greats. 4 - Derek Humble

(Photo supplied by Alan Rudd)
Derek Humble (1930 -1971). Born in Wheatley Hill (the biographies all say Livingston, Co. Durham - is there such a place in Durham? Maybe they mean Easington!) Derek Humble is universally regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, lead alto the UK has known. That he could also solo magnificently is well proven on a recent, historical release by the Kurt Edelhagen Orchestra.

One of his earliest gigs after leaving the north east was, in fact, with Kathy Stobart's band and, like Kathy, he also played in the Vic Lewis Orchestra. A stint with Jack Parnell was followed by a spell with the groundbreaking Ronnie Scott nine piece (see photo). Derek went on to play with the aforementioned Kurt Edelhagen and the legendary Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. His death at a relatively young age (the result of a mugging in Cologne a couple of years earlier) is one jazz's many tragedies.

1 comment :

Lance said...

To Ann Alex: Re your recent comment, in the above photo Tony Crombie is pictured at the back between Pete King and Derek Humble. As you will see, he bears no resemblance to Keith Crombie.

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