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16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Upstairs.
Thu 13: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s, Middlesbrough. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Jazz Guys @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Corbridge. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Musicians Unlimited

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Ten albums by Richie Kamuka

I heard Richie Kamuka at Newcastle City Hall in 1960 as part of the Shelly Manne Quintet (photo from programme) which, in turn, was part of that year's JATP package. With a line-up of Kamuka (tenor sax); Joe Gordon (trumpet); Russ Freeman (piano); Monty Budwig (bass) and Manne (drums) it was a formidable aggregation that laid waste to the theory that the cool guys from the [west] coast didn't swing.

The two horns in particular could have held their own with the Jazz Messengers and indeed Gordon did appear on a 10" album with Blakey. Sadly Kamuka and Gordon died young. Gordon was 35 when he perished in a house fire and Kamuka was a day short of his 47th birthday when he succumbed to cancer.

In selecting ten albums I've left out the big band recordings he made with Kenton and Herman as well as some by Shorty Rogers, Marty Paich and Art Pepper - they are for another day. So, here we are, in chronological order:

1) Cy Touff: His Octet & Quintet (1955).

2) Stan Levey: Grand Stan (1956).

3) Richie Kamuka: Richie Kamuka Quartet (1957).

4) Bill Perkins and Richie Kamuka: Tenors Head-on (1957).

5) Richie Kamuka and Bill Holman: West Coast Jazz in Hifi (1959).

6) Shelly Manne & His Men: At The Black Hawk Vol.1 (1959).

7) Shelly Manne & His Men: At The Black Hawk Vol. 2 (1959).

8) Shelly Manne & His Men: Checkmate (1961).

9) Richie Kamuka Quartet: Richie (1976).

10) Richie Kamuka Quartet: Drop me Off in Harlem (1977).

The final album, recorded not long before he died, has Kamuka singing Dear Bix. Roly Veitch psyched me on to this many years ago and I was immediately hooked by the song, the singer and the composer (Dave Frishberg). I've heard Roly doing a pretty good job on it himself. On the quartet album Richie, Kamuka sings 'Tis Autumn (no link unfortunately), his laid back, slightly hoarse, but not unpleasantly so, voice suggests he could have taken Chet Baker's route and recorded a vocal album.

It would have been worth hearing.  Lance

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