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15103 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 122 of them this year alone and, so far, 20 this month (Feb. 6).

From This Moment On ...

February

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guest band: Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Richie Emmerson (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Sat 11: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 2:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com.
First gig of four (1/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA.
Sat 11: New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 7:00pm. £15.00. on the door.
Sat 11: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 7:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com. Second gig of four (2/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA. SOLD OUT!
Sat 11: Vermont Big Band & the Coast Connection @ The Seahorse, Whitley Bay FC. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet), raffle. SOLD OUT!
Sat 11: The Rebelators @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 12: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. LAST SESSION!
Sun 12: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 2:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com. Third gig of four (3/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA.
Sun 12: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 12: Jive Aces @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Sun 12: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 7:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com. Fourth gig of four (4/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA. SOLD OUT!
Sun 12: Sylvain Darrifourcq-Manuel Hermia-Valentin Ceccaldi @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Mon 13: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 13: Central Bar Quintet @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00. First set: The Central Bar Quintet plays Horace Silver's The Tokyo Blues (featuring Pete Tanton). Second set: standards & more (no jam session).

Tue 14: ???

Wed 15: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 15: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 15: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 15: Durham Univesity Jazz Orchestra w. Tiny Fred's Collective @ Mark Hillary Arts Centre, South Road, Collingwood College, Durham. 7:00pm. 'Jazz Night 1'. The evening begins with a jam session followed by a concert performance.
Wed 15: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 15: Syd Lawrence Orchestra: Big Band Brass @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

RIP Peter Robinson, DCI Banks and Harry Bosch.

As regular site visitors will know I'm a fan of Michael Connelly's crime novels, particularly those featuring jazz loving cop Harry Bosch and I'm grateful to Emma Fisk - a fellow devotee - for drawing my attention to Desert Star - Connelly's latest and Bosch's 'final bow'. It comes out on Nov. 8.

A more permanent departure is that of DCI Banks whose creator, Peter Robinson passed away on Oct. 4 this year.

I hadn't, to my shame, read any of Robinson's books but, with an unforgivable ghoulish fascination, after reading his obituary I decided to check him out.

My local charity shop had a copy of his 2018 novel Careless Love so I forked out £1.10 - charity shop, good cause - who cares if it didn't live up to the cover's boast that it was The Number One Best Seller. Come to think of it I don't think I've ever bought a book in recent years that didn't have that, or some similar claim, on the cover!

Nevertheless, although I'm only maybe a third of the way through it is - as they used to say back in the day - a ripping good yarn.

Set in North Yorkshire with references to Stockton, Middlesbrough, Richmond and Newcastle the scene is familiar - many's the time I've cycled up and down those moors and dales. 

After discovering a body in a car in unusual circumstances, DCI Banks relaxes in his flat to reflect upon the case. For Sherlock Holmes this would have been a three pipe problem but what does Banks do?

A glass of wine, some cheese and crackers and a Chet Baker CD on the player. Not Chet Baker Sings which almost as many people have in their collection as they have Miles' A Kind of Blue but the 1983 recording that Chet made at The Canteen in London and which was, upon its release, reviewed by BSH in 2016. Maybe Banks bought it on the strength of our review - we will never know. Lance

1 comment :

Peter Bevan said...

This is very sad news. I've enjoyed all the DCI Banks novels, most of which I think are set in the fictional Eastvale which is very much based on Richmond, hence all the local references you mention.
In many of the books, especially the earlier ones Banks listens to jazz records or goes to jazz gigs; I seem to remember some references to Spike Robinson for example, which you don't often see.
Peter was a regular on the crime writers' talking circuit and I saw him in Harrogate, Darlington and Richmond, his home town when he returned to this country.
I tried to persuade him to come to some of our Jazz Nights at Darlington Arts Centre but I don't know if he ever came.

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