Three categories - local history, local song, jazz.
LOCAL HISTORY SITES
HISTORY OF BLAYDON AND WINLATON
Visit this extremely detailed Dennis Shaw site for a comprehensive chronological history of significant events in Blaydon/Winlaton history. There are many 'now and then' photos and new detailed info is being constantly added. Its a fantastic resource and a comprehensive diary of our beloved home patch and highly recommended.
GENUKI - UK & IRELAND GENEALOGY
This amazing resource is not just about genealogy - it contains a wonderful amount of 'local history' and is well worth browsing.
I've included links below to some Genuki pages about other local villages and towns in the Blaydon area.
JAZZ RELATED WEBSITES (some local and some of my favourites)
BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
This is Lance Liddle's fascinating blog (it's growing all the time!) with information/photos/comment/archive - all about the local jazz scene and beyond. It is unbiased towards any particular style of jazz, which is great.
It contains hundreds of photos of musicians both local and international, past and present, what's on, concert reviews, stories, quips, obituaries, CD info., visitor comment etc. etc.
Visit to the site highly recommended. Just click on the title above to enter.
JAZZ CLUBS WORLDWIDE
Going abroad or elsewhere in the UK? This great site will tell you where and when you can find live jazz.
ASHINGTON JAZZ CLUB
Ashington Jazz Club at 'The Elephant', North Seaton near Ashington.
The club is now run by enthusiast John Taylor. The music ranges mostly from traditional to mainstream. It's a great club - check their site to find out what's on.
KEITH STEPHEN's HOT CLUB TRIO and CAROLINE IRWIN
Keith Stephen - a fine Django style guitarist, banjo player and builder of Selmer/Maccaferri type guitars. Photo right - Caroline with the trio (Roly, Keith , Bruce). Visit Youtube for some of Keith's trio and other music activities - enter the trio's name then click on 'ukelelekeithstephen' on the right of the screen for access to several nice clips.
This is the website of jazz guitarist and nationally respected music educator James Birkett.
James moved to Tyneside in 1984 to take up the post of course leader on the jazz and commercial music diploma course at Newcastle College.
This was to become the B Mus degree now situated at the amazing SAGE concert venue and all music complex (one of the best in the world). When James moved north we soon became very good pals and he became a frequent visitor at Blaydon Jazz Club.
This led to occasional performance work together and more recently his involvement with our tradition of local dialect songs, as a member of The Blaydon Aces.
Roger Sadowsky makes great, beautifully set up guitars - check out The 'Jim Hall' model.
Jim Hall - master jazz guitarist and one of the all time great jazz musicians.
Ed Bickert - the great Canadian jazz guitarist - master of tasteful melodic soloing and gentle/subtle comping.
Rebecca Kilgore - one of my favourite singers of standards. Warm, sincere, unpretentious - check out her recordings.
John Hallam - a great UK swing style jazz musician (clarinet and saxophones).
Mike Piggott - great UK Grapelli/Venuti style violinist.
CLASSIC JAZZ GUITAR - BARRY GALBRAITH
Barry Galbraith - was one of the all time great jazz guitarists and teachers. Read about Barry and many other greats of jazz guitar on this website.
Bix Beiderbecke - visit this wonderful site for info. on the one and only 'Bix'. He died in August 1931 aged only 28.
Unsurpassed beauty of tone, conception, feel - Bix had it all. There are lots of soundbites to try - for starters I suggest 'Clarinet Marmalade' and 'Singin' the Blues' from February 1927. Maybe it's just sentimental old me but it brings a tear to the eye. I know there are plenty of jazz fans worldwide who react that same way to his music.
Paul Edis is a local young jazz pianist who is building a national reputation as a wonderful young player. He is inspired and strongly influenced by Bill Evans but is open to all styles across the jazz spectrum.
ROB LONGSTAFF - GUITARIST
Rob Longstaff is a fine contemporary style guitarist creating original music that you should check out.
He hails from Blaydon but for many years now has lived and worked in the Peterborough area, where he is involved with preparing braille music.
He was in an fine jazz fusion outfit locally, with master tenorist Lewis Watson - a band called 'Sneck'.
Visit Rob's website for more information and insight into his unique music.
This is the website of recording engineer Julie Bartley. Julie carried out the recording of Swing City Trio's CD 'What a little moonlight can do' and did a great job. Patient, meticulous, sympathetic to the genre, very reasonable cost and lovely end result. We were all very happy with her work.
MARK TOOMEY - ALTO SAX, CLARINET and FLUTE
Mark is a brilliant bebop styled jazz musician who is also an experienced and much respected music teacher. Check out his website for information about all his music activity.