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15229 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 248 of them this year alone and, so far, 61 this month (March 20).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00-6:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcasatle. From 6:30pm 'til late. Free. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Thu 23: Kerrin Tatman + John Garner & John Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Sunna Gunnlaugs & Julia Hülsmann @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm. A two-piano gig. A Sage Gateshead-JNE promotion.
Thu 23: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano.
Thu 23: Sleep Suppressor @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00., £8.00. adv. Upstairs.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Mo' Better Blues @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.
Fri 24: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Scarth Hall, Staindrop, Co. Durham. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 24: Archipelago + Bulbils @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Vermont Big Band @ Walker Community Centre, Walker, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for Benfield Juniours Football Club. Hot food available, BYOB.
Sat 25: John Logan & Friends @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Rat Pack, Motown etc. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Outlines @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

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

Tue 28: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 28: Sanaz Lavasani Trio @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv).

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

The Blaydon Races (the pub not the song)

Back in the early 1960s, in the days before the Blaydon Jazz Club was formed (and is still functioning) some of the best modern jazz was centred around a long gone pub - the Blaydon Races. Situated just outside of Blaydon near Stella Power Station it had music most nights including at least one jazz session.

On piano, a fantastic Glaswegian pianist, Jimmy Miller - not to be confused with the pianist of the same name who was an integral part of the Squadronaires - a hard drinking Scotsman who, up to that time, was the best jazz pianist I'd ever heard in a local setting. As I recall, Ray Jobling was on bass and, whilst I can't recall the drummer, Dave Hedley also sat in. In fact the first time I ever heard the song Tangerine was when Dave sang it with great backing from the trio.

The pub, like Miller, Jobling and Hedley are now long gone but I wonder if anyone else has memories of the pub and/or the musicians? Lance

Roly's link.


Roly said...

Hi Lance I remember the place and thought it had suffered bad fire damage but it seems it was demolished eventually (see website mentioned below). I remember the name Jimmy Miller being mentioned in my younger days but never saw him play. I did see his bass player Ray Jobling a few times playing in a trio at Ryton Country Club and it was Alan Palliser on piano. Hopefully some of your readers can give more info. Meanwhile though I located this interesting website and it has a surprisingly comprehensive amount of info on the venue, even band listings. And as you will see Jimmy Miller Trio is mentioned a quite few times, in the text and in the listings.

Gordon Solomon said...

Like you Lance I remember the pub but never visited the place. I recall Jimmy Miller though. For a time Ronnie McClean had a weekly session at Ryton Social Club with Jimmy on piano and I depped a couple of times. Jimmy was a superb player and could play anything, regardless of the idiom. He had a residency at Roy’s Two Rooms (I think it became Jim’s Two Rooms) in Gallowgate which used to be frequented by the NUFC players after the match. Jimmy and vocalist Dave Hedley were great pals and Dave, along with ex Newcastle player and singer Johnny Heenan, used to visit and sing a couple of numbers.

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