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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Belated news on the passing of Joe McMullen.

Alan Rudd has sent me the sad news that trumpet player Joe McMullen (right facing Louis) passed away a few months back. Alan tells me that it was probably not widely advertised, as the family just wanted a private funeral.
Joe would be in his late 80's and was a prominent figure on the local jazz scene from the early 50's until his health declined in later years.
He played with the Panama Jazzmen in the 50’s & 60's, highlights included a memorable Newcastle City Hall concert when they were the support band for the visit of Louis Armstrong and his all Stars.
Later Joe was a key member of the popular Savannah Syncopators, writing many of their arrangements as well as playing trumpet.
More recently he led the Jazz Esquires, playing at the Porthole in North Shields, for many years until he retired.
Joe was a great character on the local scene, very enthusiastic and professional about everything he was involved in, always full of energy, and possessing a great sense of humour!
(In the above photo of a 1989 Panama reunion Joe is second from the right of the picture).
RIP.
Lance (Courtesy of Alan Rudd)

1 comment :

  1. Sad news, a fantastic and witty guy and wonderful player. It was such a pleasure to gig many times with you, mainly at the Porthole, goodbye Joe.

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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