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Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...


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.

Thu 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 20 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £4.00. Note new venue!
Thu 20: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £29.00., £23.00. Folk/jazz duo.
Thu 20: Richard Herdman & Ray Burns @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Dave Harrison (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

What do you do during the day Mr Farlow?

Jazz musicians lead lives so busy that they find it difficult to do anything other than practice, compose, arrange, travel, perform, travel and then start all over again. This leaves little time for any diversions from their dedication to the art.

Nevertheless, there have been some who have used their creative talents in different ways either before, after or concurrent with their musical activities. Here are a few:

Chris Barber. The late trombonist's other passion was motor racing and in 1957 he competed at Brands Hatch driving a Lotus Mark IX. He also owned several vintage Lagondas . Who said there was no money in jazz?

Tony Bennett. Apart from his success as a singer, Bennett, who died in July last year aged 96, also achieved a degree of international success as a painter. Many of his paintings have been exhibited at galleries around the world.

Allan Eager. One of the first white tenor players to adapt Lester Young's style to bebop, Eager frequently drifted away from the jazz scene to race automobiles, become a ski-instructor and an occasional lover of several rich women who were, seemingly, eager for Eager. 

Tal Farlow. One of the all-time great jazz guitarists - who can forget that memorable session he did with Red Norvo back in the 1980s at Gosforth (see photo)? - He frequently became disillusioned with jazz and worked as a sign writer.

Wally Fawkes. Apart from being one of the UK's finest New Orleans' style clarinettists, Fawkes, under the pen name of Trog, was regarded as one of the world's best cartoonists via the comic strip Flook which ran for many years in the Daily Mail and other newspapers and magazines.

Peter King. The greatest ever British alto saxophonist. End of story. Not quite! He also won acclaim as a builder and designer of model aeroplanes and won a few trophies along the way.

Stan Levey. Began adulthood as a pro heavyweight boxer. This must have stood him in good stead when playing drums with Stan Kenton's band. He later became a photographer.

Humphrey Lyttelton. Apart from providing the story-lines for Wally Fawkes and Flook, Humph, when he wasn't blowing trumpet with his band, wrote several books as well as broadcasting on a variety of satirical radio programmes.

Johnny Rodgers. One of the original UK boppers at the groundbreaking Club Eleven, the alto saxophonist eventually left Soho for Redcar where he became a signalman on the railways. It's said that he still blew sax in between trains.

Artie Shaw. One of the great, perhaps the greatest clarinettist of the swing era Shaw was also a deep thinker and philosopher as his autobiography, The Trouble With Cinderella reveals. He also wrote a book of short stories - I Love You, I Hate You, Drop Dead. Two of his six wives included Lana Turner and Ava Gardner which probably persuaded more American adolescent youths to take up the clarinet than any of his, or his arch rival Benny Goodman's records ever did.

So that's just a few. Feel free to add any others. However, club owners such as Ronnie Scott or Shelly Manne don't count as they're still jazz-related. Lance


Andrey Henkin said...

Trumpeter Eddie Henderson is a practicing psychologist.
Trumpeter Ted Daniel is a practicing social worker.
Late guitarist Ted Dunbar occasionally worked as a pharmacist and kept his license active throughout his life.
Bassist Moppa Elliott is a high school biology schoolteacher.
Saxophonist Josh Sinton works as a sommelier

Maurice Summerfield said...

Django Reinhardt was also a talented artist.. His works were displayed in several exhibitions.

Johnny Smith was a qualified pilot. He also played trumpet in the US Army Air Corps band.

Oscar Peterson was a professional standard photographer.

Hugh said...

Art Themen is a retired orthopaedic surgeon

Colin Muirhead said...

A couple of drummers are worthy of mention here. Pete La Roca Sims and Spike Wells were both lawyers. And Spike is now a priest!

Mike Farmer said...

Dave Edwards drummer who was well known to Manchester Jazz fans also flew cargo planes.

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