On 21st September 2014 the club's monthly concert completed thirty years of jazz as it all started on 13th September 1984. The band put together for this special occasion was Mark Toomey alto sax, Noel Dennis tpt/flgl, Jeremy McMurray pno, Neil Harland bass, David Francis drms and Roly Veitch gtr. A mega-raffle, nibbles at the tables and a phone call from legendary landlady Pauline in France all combined to make it a memorable evening. Below are a couple of photos. One of the ensemble and one of Roly's 'thank you' speech. So many people to thank for supporting us all these years!

Below are photos taken at various monthly concerts held since our 30th anniversary in September 2014. More are being added as the months go by.

Below right - three honoured visitors to Blaydon Jazz Club. Jazz promoters Andy Hudson and George Wein, between them our very own Russell.

Margaret Barnes, a devoted jazz fan who supported many of the local gigs across all styles, passed away on 25th May 2017. She was a regular at Blaydon over many years. A sweet and totally selfless person she will be greatly missed. On 18th June James Birkett/Bradley Johnston Jazz Guitar Duo kindly gave of their services for an evening of great jazz and all proceeds of the evening, including from a bumper raffle, went to Marie Curie Cancer Care charity in her memory. Thanks to everyone who supported the evening. The photograph above shows Margaret with James & Brad at Blaydon for our Christmas concert in December 2016.

Below is a list of our guest players who travelled from beyond the north east, over the years (in alphabetical order).
Some have been to the club many times. (apologies if Iíve missed you out.)
Bruce Adams, Colin Aitchison, Lennart Anderssen, Steve Andrews, Kenny Baker, Alan Barnes, John Barnes, Paul Booth, Asha Brewer, Frank Brooker,
Roy Cansdale, Janusz Carmello, Ben Castle, Dave Challis, George Chisholm (tpt), Kelvin Christian, Dave Cliff, Crazy Rhythm, John Crocker, Gordon Cruikshank, Fiona Duncan, Alan Elsdon, Jukka Eskola, George Evans, Digby Fairweather, John Hallam, Paul Hares, Peter Jacobsen, Dick Lee, Phil Lee, Bob Ludlam, Pascal Michot, Red Pellini, Mike Piggott, Gary Potter, Nigel Price, Ronnie Rae, Neville Sarony, Geoff Simpkin, Kenny Sugawara, Jon Taylor, Bruce Turner, Franco Valussi, Tim Whitehead, Tommy Whittle, Roy Williams, Al Wood, Vasilis Xenopoulos.
Plus many local guest players too numerous to list.

Acknowledgement - some of the photos above are shown with kind permission of Eddie Carson, Lance Liddle and other club supporters - thank you. For more on Blaydon Jazz Club and a fantastic archive of the NE jazz scene do visit Lance's amazing Blog 'Bebop Spoken Here' - see Links.

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