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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, May 31, 2021

R.I.P Colin Haikney

(Archive photo)
Rarely a day goes by without a hero, a legend or just a fine musician leaving us.

Pianist Colin Haikney, who sadly passed away last night, was all of that and more. When someone dies it's, seemingly, obligatory to say what a great musician he was, his dry sense of humour, a true gentleman - in fact  everything but the truth!

Fortunately however, in Colin's case all those attributes are very much true and if there was ever a poll to find a musician who ticked all of those boxes then Colin Haikney would be up there in the frame.

In a career that covered the whole scene from dance bands, cruises, clubs, jazz groups, big bands and, most recently, Classic Swing, Colin was the man. 

Until the pandemic did what the Luftwaffe couldn't do, Classic Swing held court at Ye Olde Ship pub in Monkseaton, Colin remained in the background until the spotlight was on him which was when the audience realised that this was not just another piano player! 

Let's hope that Classic Swing will be back soon although whoever takes over at the keyboard will have some mighty big boots to fill.

RIP Colin Haikney. As another pianist frequently said - We Love You Madly. Lance

5 comments :

David Francis (on F/b) said...

Sorry to hear this Lance

Dave Kerr said...

Colin was an outstanding pianist and I heard of his reputation years ago being extolled by Perter Gascoyne and Scotty Adair amongst others. It was only recently when he played with the New Century Ragtime Orchestra that I got to know him. Don Fairly suggested him to us
saying "He never makes a mistake!" I found him a very likable and witty man
he was a tower of strength at band rehearsals a true professional.

Classic Swing said...

"We were very sad to hear about Colin's death on Monday. He'd had a very successful career in music and was still playing into his eighties, before his health issues took priority, he's had a tough time of late. We've been so fortunate to have had Colin on Keys in "Classic Swing", he was such talented guy and a great accompanist as well as being a nice guy, with a great sense of humour, he will be a great miss on the North East music scene.
Our resident sax player/composer/arranger Tommy Moran wrote a composition dedicated to Colin, and called it "The Masters Magic", and that title just about sums up how highly we regarded him! Tommy also wrote a second composition for Colin, "The Master Returns", as we were half expecting Colin to return to the band if his health allowed. Sadly that's not going to be the case now, although Tommy did get to play his composition to Colin over the telephone!

Greatly missed! RIP Colin.

Roly said...

Such sad news. Colin played at Blaydon quite a few times over the years and it was always a privilege to have him. A lovely person and a complete master musician.

Mike Carton said...

With sadness I learned just a few days ago from Tommy Moran , of Colin's passing . News of the North East jazz scene travels slowly to Pennsylvania USA where I'm based these days/daze .
Colin and I shared the stage infrequently , but I remember he was the consummate pianist in any ensemble we were in at any particular time .
BUT , there is a subtle but important distinction between a musician and an instrumentalist Colin brought this home to me only once - Rick Taylor and I asked him to join " Collaboration " that short-lived maniacal outfit in the '80s . The music was complex , challenging and ' different ' . After a couple of rehearsals Colin told Rick and I that he couldn't commit to the band . I will never forget his answer when we asked him why he had made that decision , an answer which highlights just how GREAT a musician he was . He said , ' Sorry lads , but I won't be able to do justice to the project " . How many of us have 'bluffed ' our way through a gig ? Well , Colin was above that . A musician of the first order . I regret that we shared the stage so infrequently during my time in the North East . I offer my belated condolences to Stuart and the family .

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