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Postage

16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...

May

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

A blue plaque for Club A'Gogo

On a recent visit to London it was fun to play the tourist game 'spot the blue plaque'. Wandering through Camden into Bloomsbury (calling in at Judd Books) blue plaques were everywhere (on some streets there are several plaques stating 'such and such lived here'). Artists, literary figures, politicians, scientists, some famous, some less so (less so, as far as the wandering tourist was concerned). And onto Soho ...

Great Newport Street, Studio 51 (Ken Colyer's jazz club) and just around the corner, the 'Old Place', the basement venue on Gerrard Street, home to Ronnie Scott's before the move to Frith Street. Locals hurried by, perhaps oblivious to the jazz history beneath their feet, in contrast to the jazz tourist keen to stand on the pavement to take a photograph. The image in the mind's eye of Roland Kirk on Gerrard Street descending the steps to Ronnie's 'Old Place', all the while locals and non-jazz tourists alike walking on by. 

Meanwhile, on returning to Tyneside, a long overdue blue plaque has appeared on Percy Street in Newcastle. The Handyside Arcade was a one-off, quirky indoor arcade. Home to independent businesses - a shop selling amplifiers, a poster shop (Che Guevara was popular) - if the steeply-sided, horseshoe-shaped building had survived demolition, today it would be a tourist attraction with an array of coffee shops and so-called 'artisan' food outlets, perhaps a micro pub. Alas, the powers-that-be decided to clear the site to make way for a shopping mall. Ironically, today the soulless mall stands all but empty, a desolate monument to 'progress'.

Two floors up above Handyside Arcade was a music venue. In the space of a few short years Club A'Gogo played host to this lot and more: The Rolling Stones, The Who, Cream, Georgie Fame, Pink Floyd, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed and Jimi Hendrix. Jazz musicians were booked to play Club A'Gogo, including Micky Ashman, Ken Colyer, Eric Delaney, Alan Elsdon, Tubby Hayes (the promotional flyer described Tubbs' band as 'Europe's Greatest'), Harold McNair and Ronnie Ross. The local guys were regulars on Percy Street - Mike Carr Trio, later the Emcee 5 - and, of the local bands around at the time, it was a second home to one of Tyneside's most famous exports. The Animals cut (bared?) their teeth on Percy Street. The rest, as they say, is history. Russell        

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