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16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Wed 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 21: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 21: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 22: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Remi Coulthard-Boardman (voice).
Thu 22: Crooners @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. £30.00., £27.00., £24.00., £18.00.
Thu 22: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 22: Soznak @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 22: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.).
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Thursday, February 08, 2024

Scott Adair pays tribute to Dave Murphy

Dave moved to Whitley Bay from Birmingham with his mother and father in 1955. We got together in 1956, as he played piano and had a double bass, and we both loved the same style of modern jazz. We managed to practice in Dave’s church hall every Sunday with Dave on piano, myself on drums, Sam Padmore playing Dave’s bass and, would you believe? John McLaughlin on guitar. We were all 14, 15 and 16 yrs old respectively and all still at school in Whitley Bay. As time went on John went off to London then to America to become a world-famous guitar player and Sam went off to university.

Dave and I used to “sit in” at the Rex Jazz Club, Whitley Bay on Sunday evenings. Bobby Carr, Sid Warren, Arthur Mowatt were a great help and influence during this time.
Our first gig together, of any note, was with Eddie Thompson, an incredible blind pianist at the Opus 3 Club, Darlington in 1964, by courtesy of Ron Barnaby. Dave now had a proper job working full-time with British Gas at the Killingworth Research Centre but we still got together to play regularly. 

By this time we had met Dave Weisser and played at the Corner House, Whitley Bay with Friends of Jazz. In 1976, off we all went to play at the San Sebastian Jazz Festival in Spain, where the band received a great write-up in the Melody Maker.

The next milestone was the Corner House, Heaton where we, as the quintet Jazz Spirit, with me (drums), Dave (double bass), Sid Warren (saxophone), Mike Gilby (trumpet), and two great piano players: Billy Harper and Malcolm Saul. 

In 1979 Chris Yates from Jazz North East called and asked if we would mind JNE using the Corner House and our band for visiting guest players from all over the world. The answer of course was Yes! The guest players included Al Gray, Buddy Tate, Joe Newman, Harry “Sweets” Edison, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davies to name but a few. By this time guitarist Willie Payne, whom I had previously met in Trinidad, had arrived in Newcastle. These were magic years for us all because we had the opportunity to play with such well-respected and accomplished jazz players!

In between Dave and I did the 1983 Breda Jazz Festival in the Netherlands with Peter Gascoigne (cornet), Tommy Moran (reeds), Mike Carlton (trombone), Malcolm Saul (piano) and Roy Willis (guitar). As you can imagine Peter Gascoigne made it a memorable trip! 

Dave was still working full-time up until he retired in his late sixties and had many happy years living in Dinnington with his wife Jean.

My dear friend was a lovely guy, a great player, and now a great loss to all his friends and family. Scott Adair


Tommy Henderson said...

Hi Scott, Loved your story,It brought back quite a few happy memories for me when i saw my old band friends mentioned, Hope you are well, Best Regards From Tommy Henderson.

Roly said...

I remember Dave from the two different Corner House venues. I didn't get to know him personally but well remember his fine, elegant double bass playing at those sessions. Roly.

Carolyn said...

So many names Dad played with! Granddaughter Jennifer hoping to follow in his footsteps… thank you Scott

Nick said...

Thanks for this lovely tribute, Scott. It's amazing to hear stories about my Dad. Hoping to hear more!


Russell said...

A great read!

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