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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Wednesday April 26

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Carole Clegg and Speakeasy

Patrick Brennan recently came across this article in the Tanfield School Newsletter for Summer 2007 when he was looking into the history of the Phoenix Jazzmen. His former art teacher, Terry Harvey, was a member of the group for a while and brought them to his school (St Joseph's in Hebburn) sometime in the early 60's. It was his first exposure to live jazz. 
Lance.
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(From the Tanfield School Newsletter - Summer 2007/Photo from Bensons Hotel, Llangollen) 
Following the very successful event of the 94th Birthday event in November 2006, when the above Band entertained us with a tremendous programme of first class music. The Executive Committee by popular request have engaged “Carole Clegg & Speakeasy” to be our entertainment Band on Saturday 24th November 07 (95th Birthday Celebration).
We have never had so many people say how much they enjoyed the evening entertainment given to us by Carole and Speakeasy last November, and how much they would like them to come back again if possible (and that’s not including the enthusiastic fans of Ted Spears and Ed and Brenda Carrington, who were in great admiration of their dancing). The food will again be in the form of a Hot and Cold Buffet provided by South Moor Golf Club Catering, we all look forward to their excellent provision of scrumptious nourishment. It is also very pleasing that Carole and husband Eric are members of the Tanfield Association and are keen to give support in all we do. However, we have discovered there is more to it than the Band’s leaders being members, we have also found out that the Band evolved from a group of young people who formed a Band while they were pupils at Stanley Grammar School in the 1960’s. The following may be of some interest:
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In the beginning the idea was Billy Golightly’s, who was a Junior Leader of Annfield Plain Central Methodist Youth Club, “for any interested members to form a traditional jazz band”. The year was 1960. The Band was called “The YAMA YAMA Jazzmen” after the tune by Wilbur de Paris called “The Yama Yama Man” and the tune was adopted as their signature tune.

The original line-up who were all Stanley Grammar School pupils were:
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Billy Golightly Trumpet
Brian Chester Trombone
Eric Clegg Clarinet
John Iceton Banjo
Ted Spears Drums
Reg Harrison Double Bass

This line-up played at several local youth club functions and events, and soon became very popular in the Stanley area. Due to Further Education and employment demands the line-up changed and Reg Harrison was replaced on Double Bass by Eddie Piper, John Iceton was replaced on Banjo by Terry Harvey, and the Drum chair was taken by Jimmy Maughan, and the Band changed its name to the “Phoenix Jazzmen” as it had arisen from the ashes of the previous band. It was this Band that was chosen to represent the North of England at the National event of the U.K. Methodist Association of Youth Clubs at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1961, to perform in front of thousands of young people. In the same year Carole Long was added to the Band as Vocalist. Carole married Eric in 1967 (their Ruby Wedding Anniversary is this year), and they continued to perform in various Bands at home and abroad with a variety of top jazz musicians. They now are the leaders of their own very successful Band “Carole Clegg & Speakeasy” whose policy is to encourage young musicians to play and enjoy jazz.

Their current drummer, Tim Steemson is 17 years, Bass player John Pope 22 years, and Keyboard player Chris Welsh 27 years old. It is interesting to note that Carole and Eric were at the same age as their present drummer when it all began.

Isn’t it wonderful that from that idea and start by Billy Golightly in 1960 with Stanley Grammar School pupils, Carole and Eric are now leading their own Band in performing for the Tanfield Association Members in 2007? Most people would agree that the 95th Birthday of the school is a special birthday and therefore, for the Celebration Event we would wish to encourage as many people as possible to attend. By giving members plenty of notice (Saturday 24th November 07) it would encourage them to come not just as individuals, but also as family groups or friendship parties. The Association events are always with tables place-named, therefore ensuring that everyone is reserved a seat. It also means that families or a group of friends can reserve their own table, so please don’t delay, start now organising your family or friendship group table, and look forward to a really memorable evening together with “Carole Clegg & Speakeasy.”


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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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