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Bebop Spoken There

Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Vintage River City photo.

John Carstairs Hallam sent me this vintage photo of the River City Jazzmen and would like to know more about it and the names of the musicians.
I recognise the late John Saxelby on clarinet and the current leader of the Maine Street Jazzmen, Herbie Hudson, on trombone. Can anyone complete the line-up?
PS: I've seen the photo before, in fact it's probably on this site somewhere!


Dave Kerr said...

The picture you posted of the River City Jazz Band is in fact.
The Clem Avery Jazz Band. It was taken at the original New Orleans
Club in Melbourne Street now demolished. The band had a Thursday
night residency and I was a regular attendee before they moved to
the new club behind the Central Station now an Indian restaurant.
The line up in the picture is Clem Avery, trumpet, Lawrence McBriarty, trombone,
John Saxlby, clarinet, Doug Richardson, bass, Gordon Herrick, drums & Bill Walton
banjo. They played a mixture of New Orleans jazz and some King Oliver tunes.
Dave Kerr

Lance said...

Thanks for putting me right Dave. I should have recognised Billy Walton as we were both in the same cycling club around about this time - probably mid to late fifties.

Bill Walton said...

Bill Walton here, re photograph, it's not the River City it's the Clem Avery Jazzmen: left to right: John Saxlby-clt; Doug Richardson-bass; Clem Avery-tpt; Gordon Herrick-drums; Bill Walton-banjo; Laurence McBriarty-tmb.
Fancy you not recognising me, I am cut to the quick and inconsolable!
Bill (incidentally I look just the same now as on the photograph)

Carstairs said...

I'm not sure that I identified it as the River City. I recognised Clem and Lawrence, and made a guess at Dougie Richardson, but the others were before my time up here! I certainly didn't suss out the venue.

Lance said...

I'm afraid the River City idea was mine taken from one of the posters on the wall.
I'm off to Specsavers tomorrow!

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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