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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 16: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval NE25 0AT. 12:30pm. £15.00 (tel: 0191 237 3697). Summer BBQ in the Beer Graden.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

I Remember Jurek

In the 1960s, 1970s the jazz spot to be seen in in Newcastle was the New Orleans Club on Forth Banks - just a short walk from the current hive of jazz activities, the Globe.

The club, as the name implies was, originally, a trad jazz fortress. However, more modern bands eventually stormed the parapets and the venue became home to all forms of jazz as was current at the time.

Mighty Joe Young had a modern bop-orientated band, the Newcastle Big Band was conceived there and I also recall hearing Ronnie Scott with the Pete Jacobson Trio.

The whole shebang was run by a jazz loving Pole called Jurek.

Jurek who? That is the jackpot question, Everyone remembers him but, although I have had a few approximate guesses, I have yet to find anyone who can actually recall his surname. 

Can you? Lance


BIll Gallon said...

Hi Lance

It was I am fairly certain something like Jakinski....I have a story to tell if you want it


Lance said...

Yes Bill, I know a few who have said "it was something like ...!"
I was looking for something more exact. Nevertheless, I'd love to hear your story.

Brian Bennett said...

Definitely Jurek RACZYNSKI

Derrick Cogger said...

Brian is correct. Jurek Rasynski. Not sure of the spelling though. Then there was young Jurek his son.
Solly did a great impression of Jurek but that is for the bar not BSH like many of the yet untold tales of the bands. Jurek was at the centre of things at Melbourne St. and at Forth Banks and I have a memento
given by him as a wedding present on behalf of the N.O club some 58 years ago.

Derrick Cogger said...

Further thoughts on Jurek. He had a tough time at first living at the Polish hotel on Elswick Road and running a fish and chip shop up at the west end before taking the job of running Melbourne Street. I can still hear his accent describing characters as "worrrky tickets" and " I see Cheek in cloob ". Following the demise of Forth Banks life turned a happy corner for Jurek. He met and married a Polish lady named Danousha and moved to a posh estate near Chester-le-St. Then a further deserved stroke of luck came along in his appointment as technical translator to an English Company dealing with a company in Poland. A genuine guy. well remembered.


JR. said...

Hi Derrick, I can still remember when we both constructed a Ladies Powder Room in the New Orleans Club on Forth Banks, to enable the ladies to check their make up before entering the Jazz Area. Regards Jurek.

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