In 1965 there were a lot of good bands around and if you didn’t want to do the working men’s club circuit, competition was stiff. Popular bands from the Sunderland and South Shields area playing in night clubs, ballrooms and colleges at that time were: the Gregg Burman Soul Band, Revolutionary Spirit, The Shady Kases and Shades of Blue. Some of the top Newcastle bands were the Junco Partners, the Sect, the Elcort and the Chosen Few.

Jazzboard's business card
Jazzboard’s business card

After playing in social and working men’s clubs for about five months I felt I was ready to move on to something different. In September 1965, one of the popular Sunderland bands, the Jazzboard were looking for a sax player. I hadn’t actually seen the band but I’d heard a lot about them. They played at two of Sunderland’s trendiest clubs – the el Cubana and the la Cubana. I also knew that they frequented the Biz Bar where the Sunderland mods hung out and that they had a big following in the area. Jazzboard were a four piece outfit previously going under the name of the Fallout. They were fronted by a charismatic singer called Bruce. They had a young talented organist, a bass player but no lead guitar. Their lead guitarist Mick Grabham, had left a few months earlier and had not been replaced. The only one of the band that I knew personally was their drummer, Nigel Olsson.

Contrary to the name, Jazzboard did not play jazz but were basically an R & B (rhythm and blues) band, performing covers of songs by artists like Alexis Korner, John Mayall and the Graham Bond Organisation. I’d never played that type of music before but when I was approached by Nigel Olsson and asked if I was interested in auditioning with the band, I had no hesitation in accepting. The audition was a success and I played my first two gigs with Jazzboard on Thursday 30th September 1965 and the following night at the ‘Club 11’ nightclub in Sunderland. That weekend we also played at the la Cubana and el Cubana. I felt that I’d moved up a notch in the local music scene and I was pleased that I would be playing to the Sunderland ‘in-crowd’.

The band members at that time were Bruce Lowes, singer and occasional drummer, Nigel Olsson on drums (but sometimes out front on vocals), Jimmy Hall on Vox Continental keyboard, Brian Hughes on bass and myself on tenor sax. In later years Nigel found fame and fortune as Elton John’s drummer and Jimmy went on to perform with Kiki Dee, Highway and Frankie Miller’s Full House. Jazzboard was managed by Bruce’s father, Bert, a larger than life character who owned several businesses in East Herrington, including a hairdresser’s shop where the band rehearsed. Bert also acted as the road manager, minder and chief trouble-shooter.

(left to right standing): Brian Hughes, Bruce Lowes, Bert Lowes, Jimmy Hall & Roger Smith. Nigel Olsson seated in front
In my previous band, the Six Leaves, I’d been used to a lot of traveling, playing at numerous social clubs all over County Durham. I found out that other than the Cubana clubs in Sunderland, Jazzboard hadn’t been playing too many gigs. The el Cubana and la Cubana clubs were housed in an old terraced building on Toward Road, Sunderland opposite Mowbray Park. The el Cubana was situated in the cellar of the building and the licensed La Cubana above. The clubs were owned and run by a guy called Eric Punshon who I had first met when I played with the Kylastrons. The el Cubana was unlicensed so most of the punters used to get tanked up in the Palatine Hotel just down the road before going to the club. The Cubana had a great atmosphere and was nearly always full for Jazzboard’s appearances. The bands that played at the el Cubana were mainly from the Sunderland area but on one occasion in early 1966 the Spencer Davis Group appeared there.

record iconListen to the Jazzboard’s version of Neighbour, Neighbour

Adding the sax to the Jazzboard brought their sound a little bit closer to that of their favourite band – the Graham Bond Organisation. But it also coincided with a growing interest in Soul music in the UK. In the autumn of 1965, Wilson Pickett had a sizable hit with ‘In the Midnight Hour’. Following in his steps was Otis Redding with ‘My Girl’ and ‘Mr Pitiful’. James Brown was also gaining popularity in the UK with ‘Papa’s got a brand new bag’. Because of the sax/organ line up, Jazzboard were able to make a reasonable job of covering the new soul material and jumped on the band wagon before most of the other local bands, which were mainly guitar based.

Roger on stage with the Jazzboard

A Jazzboard publicity photo taken at Roker, Sunderland
The band’s change in direction and Bert’s hard work over the next few weeks paid dividends because the bookings came flooding in. Bert had also managed to get some work from Bill Keith, the manager of the Chosen Few who were going south to London in favour of local gigs. We got a regular weekend booking at the Guys and Dolls club in Newcastle plus gigs at the 45 Club in Whitley Bay, the 4X Jazz Club in Tynemouth and Redcar Jazz Cub.

Then at the end of 1965 the really good stuff started coming in. On 23rd December we played our first gig at the renowned Club a’Gogo in Newcastle. On New Years Eve we played at the Kirk Levington Country Club, a venue which at that time was booking all the country’s top club bands such as Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band, Chris Farlow, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds, the Steam Packet to name but a few.

However it wasn’t all plain sailing. The New Year got off to a bad start on 2nd January 1966. In stark contrast to the New Year’s Eve gig at the stylish Kirk Levington Country Club and a New Year’s Day gig at the 45 Club, Whitley Bay, we played at a working mens club in County Durham called Birtley Buffs. The band was determined to keep the party spirit of the previous two nights going in spite of the fact that the audience hated us and our music. As the band members became more intoxicated, the crowd got angrier and less tolerant. The final straw was when we did an impromptu version of Ken Dodd’s ‘Tears for Souvenirs’ with Brian Hughes, the bass player flat on his back. For the first and last time Jazzboard was paid off. We decided after that gig to rename the band “Bert Lee and the Buffs” to commemorate the occasion. That idea didn’t last very long but a few months later we did go under the name of ‘Big Herbert’s Band’ for a few weeks because we thought it sounded trendier than Jazzboard.

But 1966 did get a lot better. Our first major gig was opening for the Who at Mister McCoys Club in Bottomley Street, Middlesbrough on Friday 7th January. The Who had two top ten hits in 1965 with ‘I Can’t Explain’ and ‘Anyway Anyhow Anywhere’. Throughout 1965 they made regular appearances on ITV’s ‘Ready Steady Go’. In November 1965 they entered the charts with ‘My Generation’ so at the time of the Middlesbrough gig they were really hot property. They put on a great show for the hundreds packed into Mister McCoys that night. John Entwhistle wore his famous Union Jack jacket. Keith Moon wore a white T shirt bearing the word “POW” with “Dave Berry” in a smaller text below.

The Who
The Who

We didn’t get to meet the Who before their set because they arrived at the Club while we were on stage. Before our first set, the Who’s roadies kept telling us how ugly the members of the Who were and that if our band had been in their shoes we’d be more popular because we looked better! After the show we spent an hour or so talking to the band in the dressing room during which time I ended up with Keith Moon’s sweaty T shirt as a memento of the occasion. Nigel was invited back to a party at the Who’s hotel and got a taxi back from Middlesbrough to Sunderland the next day, which had apparently cost Keith Moon £17 – (a couple of weeks wages in those days!).

The Jazzboard with some fans at Ashington, Northumberland. I’m wearing Keith Moon’s “POW” T Shirt, picked up at our gig with the Who a few weeks earlier

Me with Keith Moon’s T shirt 40 years later. A bit yellow and faded but still in one piece!
A month later on 8th February 1966 we opened for the Small Faces at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle, affectionately know then as ‘the Maj’ (and now ‘The O2 Academy’). I don’t remember much about the Small Faces performance that night but I recall that we shared a small dressing room with them. The band was accompanied by a minder who was about a foot taller than the band members. At one stage the dressing room was invaded by some female fans and some male students from Newcastle University. The students asked if they could interview Steve Marriott for their University magazine. They were promptly ejected by the Face’s minder and only the girl fans were allowed to stay.

Over the next few months Jazzboard continued to play at some of the best venues in the North East such as the Kirk Levington Country Club, Mister McCoys, the Club a’Gogo and Newcastle’s Mayfair ballroom plus the newly opened Quay Club in Newcastle. We opened for a number of top bands of that era; Geno Washington’s Ram Jam Band, The Action, The Eyes, The Shevelles, Tony Rivers and the Castaways, The Pretty Things and Herbie Goines and the Night Timers. We also started playing at some new venues – the Kave Dwellers (or KD) Club in Billingham, Columbia House in Stockton and a new club on Roker Avenue, Sunderland called Club Aztec (previously the Blue Note). Around this time we also started visiting the Club a’GoGo in Newcastle after our own gigs had finished.

The Jazzboard in 1966 at Newcastle’s West End Club
The Jazzboard in 1966 at Newcastle’s West End Club
Another photo of The Jazzboard at the West End Club with Bruce on drums
Another photo of The Jazzboard at the West End Club with Bruce on drums

We were sometimes mistaken for another Newcastle band that played at the same venues as Jazzboard. They were the Gas Board, a soul covers band fronted by Bryan Ferry, who was a student at Newcastle University at the time. Another connection with Gas Board was the fact that our singer, Bruce Lowes had been in a band called the Banshees with Ferry a few years earlier. Bruce had been the drummer/vocalist with the Banshees and had approached Bryan Ferry, who he knew from a cycling club, and asked if he would front the band. Ferry, who had not previously sang with a group, successfully auditioned with the Banshees and took over the vocal spot from Bruce.

A Jazzboard publicity photo taken at Sunderland Technical College (now part of the university)
A Jazzboard publicity photo taken at Sunderland Technical College (now part of the university)

Throughout the late spring and summer of 1966, Bert was still getting Jazzboard a lot of work – as many as five gigs a week. Most other local bands at this time were going through a Newcastle agency run by an ex-ballroom manager named Ivan Birchall. From June we started playing regularly at the Cellar Club in South Shields, the home of the South Shields mods. The original Cellar Club was on the ground floor and cellar of a large old house on Beach Road, South Shields. Later that year it was to be replaced by the ‘New Cellar’ on Thomas Street.

In August, Bert managed to get us regular spots at three night clubs owned by the Bailey Organisation; Sunday lunchtime at the Latino Club in South Shields; Monday night at the La Dolce Vita in Newcastle and Friday night at the Marimba Club, Middlesbrough. The clubs all had their own house band to support the main performers but the idea of us appearing was to do a couple of dance sessions between the cabaret acts.

Our appearances at the Bailey clubs continued until November that year during which time we shared the bill with diverse acts such as Gerry and the Pacemakers, Los Bravos, Peter and Gordon, the Ivy League, the Four Pennies, Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson, The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra with Cleo Lane and the Honeycombs as well as a few comedians, including Bill Maynard (now better known as Greengrass from the TV program ”Heartbeat”).

Flier for the Bailey Nightclub group

La Dolce Vita in the sixties
Another performer we appeared with at the Bailey clubs was the legendary American rock and roll singer Jerry Lee Lewis. Jerry Lee was famous for his hits ”Whole Lotta Shakin’’ Going On” and ”Great Balls of Fire” in the late fifties. He was equally famous for bigamously marrying his thirteen year old cousin in 1958 when he was 22. Not too long after this wedding, Jerry Lee toured Great Britain and was given a rough ride by both the British press and his audiences for what now could be regarded as paedophilia. When he toured England in 1966 as a cabaret act his previous misdemeanors had either been forgiven or forgotten. In the audience at Newcastle’s Dolce Vita on 24th October and enjoying the show along with other rock and roll fans was none other than Eric Burdon of the Animals.

Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis

Because of a dispute with the Musicians Union, Jerry Lee was accompanied by British musicians for the two Bailey gigs as well as his own Memphis backing band. The British musicians were, in fact, some of The Pirates who had come adrift from Johnny Kidd when he had been killed in a car accident on the 7th October 1966. On the 4th November we appeared again with Jerry Lee Lewis (and the Pirates) at the Marimba Club in Middlesbrough. When I was about twelve one of my favourite records had been ”Shakin’ All Over” by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. At the Marimba gig I shared a meal with some of the Pirates in the club’s restaurant. Although they had not been with Johnny Kidd in his heyday, it was a humbling experience to spend time with musicians who had backed one of my childhood idols.

Drummer and occasional vocalist – Nigel Olsson
record iconListen to Nigel Olsson singing Here Me Calling Your Name

On 13th November the band had another prestigious gig – this time supporting Cream at Redcar Jazz Club. We’d all been great fans of the Graham Bond Organisation featuring Jack Bruce (bass) and Ginger Baker (drums) so it was a fantastic experience to open for their new band – Cream. Here’s a review of the Cream’s appearance at Redcar Jazz Club that night. The support band’s mode of transport is dismissively referred to in the second paragraph of the review. Well that was us but, in fact, we had an old Comma van and not a four wheeled Transit.

On Friday 2nd December 1966 Cream were booked for the official opening night of the New Cellar Club in South Shields. In fact, the Jazzboard were the first band to play at the club. Not on the first night but at a private party for the contractors and staff the night before the official opening. Unfortunately this didn’t help us get tickets for the Jimmy Hendrix gig at the Cellar a couple of months later. These were in short supply and priority was given to club members. The New Cellar was a great place to play. It had a dressing room for the band and a stage that revolved from the dressing room into the main lounge and dance area. The furniture was purpose built for the club – the tables had even been inscribed with the names of all the local bands that had played at the old Cellar, including the Jazzboard. We started to play regularly at the club through to the spring of 1967 and during one period we were playing there every week.

In January 1967 we met a Jamaican soul singer called Keith Locke who had moved from the Far East to Newcastle. Keith had a number of hits in Singapore and Malaysia in 1965 and 1966 with a band called the Quests. He was hoping to launch a new career in England and needed a backing band. The Jazzboard, fronted by Keith was to be renamed Keith Locke and the All Stars. After a month of rehearsals the band was ready to take off but then Keith just disappeared as quickly as he came and we never saw him again. The Quests are still big in the Far East and can be seen performing on YouTube.

Keith Locke and the Quests

Publicity leaflet for Keith Locke
In the spring and summer of 1967 there were a lot of personnel changes. A year earlier the original Jazzboard bass player, Brian Hughes had left the band to be replaced by Peter Watson who had been playing in Germany with the Quandowns. Nigel was the next one of the original Jazzboard to leave taking Peter Watson with him to form a band called the Enterprise. We added a trumpet to the line up coincidentally another ‘Jimmy Hall’.

For nearly two years the Jazzboard had performed without a guitar in the line up. In the spring of 1967 the Jazzboard became a seven piece when guitarist Les Gofton joined the band. Les had been playing with South Shields band, the Bond and earlier that year had supported Jimi Hendrix at the New Cellar Club. Incidently, Les is the father of Lauren (Laverne) and Peter (Johnny X) from the North East band Kenickie. Lauren Laverne is now better known as a TV and radio presenter.

Guitarist Les Gofton
Jimmy, the organist ditched his Vox Continental keyboard and acquired a Hammond organ. Unfortunately, he also acquired a drinking habit which affected his ability to stay awake during performances! Several bass players came and went before Pete Watson returned. Both Peter Watson and Les Gofton were in the band’s final line up.

Bassist Pete Watson on the right
Things started to pick up in the late spring. We opened for a few top names; Alan Price at Redcar Jazz Club, The Herd (with Peter Frampton) at Eston, Middlesbrough and the Family at Peterlee Jazz Club and we were still gigging up to four nights a week. However, the days of Jazzboard were numbered when organist Jimmy Hall decided to start a new band with ex-bass player, Brian Hughes. Jimmy asked me and the other Jimmy Hall (trumpet) if we were interested. We both were. Jazzboard’s last gig was at the Locarno Ballroom in Sunderland on 18th August 1967. We shared the bill with three other North East bands that night; John Lewis Blues Band, the Trend and Just Bent. We were the last band on and so most of us went on a pub crawl before our set. Needless to say, the alcohol we consumed ensured it wasn’t our best show but a lot of our Sunderland fans were there knowing it was our last performance and gave us a great send off. Strangely enough, a year or so later, I played in the same band as the drummer from Just Bent. He remembered that night very well and told me that the Jazzboard made a great impression on him and his band. Perhaps they were all as drunk as we were!

The last Jazzboard line-up at the New Cellar Club, South Shields. Left to right: Les Gofton (guitar) facing backwards, Peter Watson (bass), Bruce Lowes (vocals), George Muncaster (drums), Jim Hall (trumpet) & Roger Smith (tenor sax). Jimmy Hall (Hammond organ) partially hidden at rear right

Les Gofton, Pete Watson and George Muncaster
20 jazzboard cellar

More Jazzboard memorabilia: –

21 Alan Bown ad

22 redcar jazz 1

Adverts for Redcar Jazz Club (at the Coatham Hotel)

Jazzboard photo published in the Sunderland Echo – left to right: Roger Smith, Jimmy Hall, Nigel Olsson, Bruce Lowes, Brian Hughes
Jazzboard photo published in the Sunderland Echo – left to right: Roger Smith, Jimmy Hall, Nigel Olsson, Bruce Lowes, Brian Hughes
Advert for the el Cubana club, Sunderland'
Advert for the el Cubana club, Sunderland’
Advert for World Cup Night (1966) at the Club Astec, Sunderland
Advert for World Cup Night (1966) at the Club Astec, Sunderland

Jazzboard publicity photo taken at Roker

Flyer for Mister McCoys, Middlesbrough

29 jazzboard cutting

Advert for the old Cellar Club, South Shields. No – it wasn’t a gay club. Gay meant something else in 1966!!!

Another ad Advert for the old Cellar Club, South Shields.

Adverts for the Dolce Vita night club, Newcastle

Adverts for the Quay Club, Newcastle

Advert for the new Cellar Club, South Shields

Advert for Peterlee Jazz Club, The Argus Butterfly, Peterlee

Advert for the Bay Hotel, Sunderland

Advert for the Locarno, Sunderland – Jazzboard’s last ever gig

Ticket for the Lampglass Cellar, Ashington

Adverts for the 45 Club, Whitley Bay. Jazzboard were using the name – Big Herbert’s Band at the time

Advert for Greys Club, Newcastle. The cabaret act, Lennie Peters later became part of the duo Peters and Lee

Advert for Club 11, Sunderland

Jazzboard Gigs: –


Thu 30/09/1965 Club 11, Sunderland
Fri 01/10/1965 Club 11, Sunderland
Sat 02/10/1965 La Cubana, Sunderland
Sun 03/10/1965 El Cubana, Sunderland
Thu 07/10/1965 El Cubana, Sunderland
Fri 08/10/1965 La Cubana, Sunderland
Fri 22/10/1965 Guys and Dolls, Newcastle
Sun 24/10/1965 El Cubana, Sunderland
Fri 29/10/1965 Guys and Dolls, Newcastle
Sat 30/10/1965 Guys and Dolls, Newcastle
Fri 5/11/1965 Guys and Dolls, Newcastle
Sat 06/11/1965 Fuse Box, Whitburn
Fri 12/11/1965 Guys and Dolls, Newcastle
Sun 14/11/1965 Federation Club
Mon 15/11/1965 West End Dance
Thu 18/11/1965 Locarno Ballroom, Sunderland
Fri 19/11/1965 Guys and Dolls, Newcastle
Sat 20/11/1965 Jazzboard Club
Tue 23/11/1965 Peterlee Dance
Thu 25/11/1965 Locarno Ballroom, Sunderland
Fri 26/11/1965 45 Club, Whitley Bay
Sat 27/11/1965 Ashington Welfare
Fri 03/12/1965 4X Jazz Club, Tynemouth
Sat 04/12/1965 Redcar Jazz Club Skyliners
Wed 08/12/1965 Seaburn (Arts Ball) Crawdaddies & Junco Partners
Fri 10/12/1965< Peterlee Dance
Sat 11/12/1965 Jazzboard Club
Fri 17/12/1965 Peterlee College Dance Continentals
Sat 18/12/1965 Jazzboard Club
Mon 20/12/1965 Washington Grammar Dance
Tue 21/12/1965 Peterlee Youth Centre
Wed 22/12/1965 West End Club, Newcastle
Thu 23/12/1965 Club a’GoGo, Newcastle
Fri 24/12/1965 Ashington Welfare
Fri 31/12/1965 Kirk Levington Country Club John McCoys Crawdaddies


Sat 01/01/1966 45 Club, Whitley bay
Sun 02/01/1966 Birtley Buffs
Wed 05/01/1966 West End Club Tramps Dance
Fri 07/01/1966 The McCoy Club, Middlesbrough The Who
Fri 14/01/1966 45 Club, Whitley bay
Sat 15/01/1966 Washington Welfare Outliners
Mon 17/01/1966 Private Party, Roker
Wed 19/01/1966 Sunderland College
Fri 21/01/1966 Quay Club, Newcastle
Sat 22/01/1966 West End Club, Newcastle
Sat 29/01/1966 West End Club, Newcastle
Sat 05/02/1966 Ashington Welfare Morton Sound
Tue 08/02/1966 Majestic Ballroom, Newcastle Small Faces
Fri 11/02/1966 4X Jazz Club, Tynemouth
Sat 12/02/1966 Bay Hotel (private party)
Fri 18/02/1966 Newgiggin
Sat 19/02/1966 Quay Club, Newcastle
Tue 22/02/1966 West End Club, Newcastle
Thu 24/02/1966 Trimdon Bakeries Dance
Fri 25/02/1966 45 Club, Whitley Bay
Sat 26/02/1966 West End Club, Newcastle
Sun 27/02/1966 Lamp Glass Cellar, Ashington
Tue 01/03/1966 – Kirk Levington Country Club John McCoy’s Crawdaddies
Thu 03/03/1966 – Boom Boom Club, Durham
Fri 04/03/1966 – Boom Boom Club, Durham
Sat 05/03/1966 – Boom Boom Club, Durham
Sun 06/03/1966 – Kelloe
Fri 11/03/1966 – The McCoy Club, Middlesbrough The Action
Sun 13/03/1966 – Kirk Levington Country Club Tony Rivers and the Castaways
Thu 17/03/1966 – Club aGoGo, Newcastle
Fri 18/03/1966 – Guidepost School Dance
Sat 19/03/1966 – Ashington Welfare Silver Dollars
Sun 20/03/1966 – El Cubana, Sunderland
Sat 26/03/1966 – West End Club, Newcastle
Wed 30/03/1966 – Seaham Harbour Tech Dance
Thu 07/04/1966 – Quay Club, Newcastle
Mon 11/04/1966 – 45 Club, Whitley Bay
Thu 14/04/1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Sunderland
Fri 15/04/1966 – The McCoy Club, Middlesbrough Geno Washington’s Ram Jam Band
Sat 16/04/1966 – West End Club, Newcastle
Thu 21/04/1966 – Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle Pretty Things, Junco Partners
Fri 22/04/1966 – 45 Club, Whitley Bay
Sat 23/04/1966 – Whitley Bay Youth Club
Thu 28/04/1966 – Sunderland Art College Dance
Fri 29/04/1966 – The McCoy Club, Middlesbrough Herbie Goins and the Nightimers
Sat 30/04/1966 – Bede College Dance, Durham
Sun 01/05/1966 – Private Party, Dundas Street
Tue 03/05/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Fri 06/05/1966 – The McCoy Club, Middlesbrough The Shevells
Sat 07/05/1966 – Sunderland Technical College Five Links
Sun 08/05/1966 – Majestic Ballroom, Newcastle
Thu 12/05/1966 – Columbia House, Stockton
Fri 13/05/1966 – Quay Club, Newcastle
Sat 14/05/1966 – Club Astec, Sunderland
Sun 15/05/1966 – North Shields Youth Club
Mon 16/05/1966 – Quay Club, Newcastle
Thu 19/05/1966 – Columbia House, Stockton
Fri 20/05/1966 – Fuse Box, Whitburn
Sat 21/05/1966 – Club Astec, Sunderland
Thu 26/05/1966 – Columbia House, Stockton
Fri 27/05/1966 – The McCoy Club, Middlesbrough Dawnbreakers
Sat 28/05/1966 – Ashington Welfare Dischords
Sun 29/05/1966 – Club Astec, Sunderland
Mon 30/05/1966 – 45 Club, Whitley Bay
Thu 02/06/1966 – Columbia House, Stockton
Fri 03/06/1966 – Guidepost School Dance
Sat 04/06/1966 – Club Astec, Sunderland
Thu 09/06/1966 – Locarno Ballroom, Sunderland Gene Mayo Orchestra
Sat 11/06/1966 – Club Astec, Sunderland
Wed 15/06/1966 – Columbia House, Stockton
Thu 16/06/1966 – Club Astec, Sunderland
Fri 17/06/1966 – KD Club, Billingham The Eyes
Thu 23/06/1966 – Columbia House, Stockton
Sat 25/06/1966 – 45 Club, Whitley Bay
Sun 26/06/1966 – Club Astec, Sunderland
Wed 29/06/1966 – Club Astec, Sunderland Revolutionary Spirit
Thu 30/06/1966 – Ramside Hall, Durham
Sat 02/07/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Sun 03/07/1966 – Club Astec,Sunderland
Thu 07/07/1966 – Columbia House, Stockton
Fri 08/07/1966 – Club Astec, Sunderland Heatwaves
Sat 09/07/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Wed 13/07/1966 – Club Astec, Sunderland Revolutionary Spirit
Thu 14/07/1966 – Columbia House, Stockton
Fri 15/07/1966 – 45 Club, Whitley Bay
Sat 16/07/1966 – KD Club, Billingham Ivan’s Meads
Sat 23/07/1966 – Lamp Glass Cellar, Ashington
Fri 29/07/1966 – Club Astec, Sunderland
Sun 31/07/1966 – Redcar Jazz Club Solomon Burke
Sat 06/08/1966 – Ashington Welfare
Sun 07/08/1966 – Latino, South Shields
Fri 12/08/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 13/08/1966 – 45 Club, Whitley Bay
Sun 14/08/1966 – Latino, South Shields
Wed 17/08/1966 – Club Astec, Sunderland
Fri 19/08/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 20/08/1966 – Quay Club, Newcastle
Fri 26/08/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Sun 28/08/1966 – Latino, South Shields Bill Maynard
Mon 29/08/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Fri 09/09/1966 – The McCoy Club, Middlesbrough
Sat 10/09/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Fri 16/09/1966 – Greys Club, Newcastle
Sat 17/09/1966 – Swan Hotel, Redcar Blue Caps
Mon 19/09/1966 -La Dolce Vita Los Bravos
Thu 22/09/1966 – Darlington
Fri 23/09/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 24/09/1966 – Ashington Welfare
Mon 26/09/1966 – La Dolce Vita, Newcastle Johnny Dankworth
Thu 29/09/1966 – Quay Club, Newcastle
Fri 30/09/1966 – Marimba, Middlebrough Four Pennies
Sat 01/10/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Sun 02/10/1966 – St Bede’’s Dance
Mon 03/10/1966 – La Dolce Vita, Newcastle Crispian St Peter
Wed 05/10/1966 – Sunderland Art College Dance
Fri 07/10/1966 – Marimba, Middlebrough
Sat 08/10/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Mon 10/10/1966 – La Dolce Vita, Newcastle Danny Williams
Thu 13/10/1966 – Darlington
Fri 14/10/1966 – Marimba, Middlebrough
Sat 15/10/1966 – Kirk Levington Country Club
Mon 17/10/1966 – La Dolce Vita, Newcastle Gerry and the Pacemakers
Thu 20/10/1966 – Quay Club, Newcastle
Fri 21/10/1966 – Marimba, Middlebrough
Sat 22/10/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Mon 24/10/1966 – La Dolce Vita, Newcastle Jerry Lee Lewis
Tue 25/10/1966 – West End Club, Newcastle
Fri 28/10/1966 – Marimba, Middlebrough Gerry and the Pacemakers
Sat 29/10/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Sun 30/10/1966 – St Bede’’s Dance
Mon 31/10/1966 – La Dolce Vita, Newcastle Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson
Fri 04/11/1966 – Marimba, Middlebrough Jerry Lee Lewis
Sat 05/11/1966 – Ashington Welfare
Mon 07/11/1966 – La Dolce Vita, Newcastle Peter and Gordon
Fri 11/11/1966 – Marimba, Middlebrough
Sat 12/11/1966 – West End Club, Newcastle
Sun 13/11/1966 – Redcar Jazz Club Cream
Thu 17/11/1966 – Imperial, Darlington
Fri 25/11/1966 – Sunderland R&B Club
Sat 26/11/1966 – Cellar Club, South Shields
Wed 30/11/1966 – Roker Victory Club Consolidated Sounds
Thu 01/12/1966 – New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 03/12/1966 – Sunderland Technical College The Shevells
Thu 08/12/1966 – New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 10/12/1966 – Quay Club, Newcastle
Sun 18/12/1966 – St Bede’’s Dance, Newcastle
Mon 19/12/1966 – Jackson the Tailors Dance
Tue 20/12/1966 – Washington Grammar Dance
Thu 22/12/1966 – New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 24/12/1966 – Quay Club, Newcastle
Wed 28/12/1966 – West End Club, Newcastle


Sun 01/01/1967 St Bede’s Dance, Newcastle
Fri 06/01/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 07/01/1967 West End Club, Newcastle
Fri 13/01/1967 Cellar Club, South Shields
Fri 20/01/1967 Cellar Club, South Shields
Fri 27/01/1967 Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 04/02/1967 Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 11/02/1967 Cellar Club, South Shields
Fri 17/02/1967 Redcar Jazz Club Alan Bown
Sat 18/02/1967 Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 25/02/1967 Sunderland Technical College T D Bachus and the Powerhouse
Sun 26/02/1967 St Bede’s Dance, Newcastle
Thu 30/03/1967 Synthonia Youth Club
Fri 31/03/1967 Winnybank Youth Club
Thu 06/04/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Fri 07/04/1967 Spinning Disc, Leeds
Fri 14/04/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 15/04/1967 Winnybank Youth Club
Fri 21/04/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 22/04/1967 Sunderland Technical College
Sun 23/04/1967 St Patricks, Thornaby
Fri 28/04/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 29/04/1967 Durham College
Sun 30/04/1967 The Rink, Sunderland The Trend
Sat 06/05/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sun 07/05/1967 St Bede’s, Newcastle
Sat 13/05/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sun 14/05/1967 Redcar Jazz Club Alan Price
Thu 18/05/1967 Bursgreen Staff Dance, Newbottle
Fri 19/05/1967 Archibald Hall, Wooler
Sat 20/05/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sun 21/05/1967 Winnybank Youth Club
Wed 24/05/1967 The Londonderry, Sunderland
Fri 26/05/1967 Locarno, Sunderland Sect, Funny Farm, Junkie Crop
Sat 27/05/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Thu 01/06/1967 Eston Crawdaddies, Denmen
Fri 02/06/1967 Hadrian School, Wallsend
Sat 03/06/1967 Quay Club, Newcastle
Sun 04/06/1967 Perterlee Jazz Club Family
Fri 09/06/1967 Locarno, Sunderland Facts of Life, Mr Poobah’s Chicago Line
Fri 16/06/1967 Northern Counties Schools Dance
Sat 17/06/1967 Middlesbrough Bowling Alley
Tue 20/06/1967 Darlington
Sat 24/06/1967 Barbeque, Seaham
Thu 29/06/1967 Oak Tree, Eston The Herd
Sat 01/07/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Fri 07/07/1967 Locarno, Sunderland
Sat 08/07/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Thu 13/07/1967 Longbenton
Fri 14/07/1967 Southmoor Tech Dance
Sat 15/07/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Fri 21/07/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 22/07/1967 Bishop Aukland Town Hall
Fri 28/07/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 29/07/1967 Red Row
Sun 30/07/1967 Middlesbrough Bowling Alley
Fri 04/08/1967 Bay Hotel John Lewis Blues Band
Sat 05/08/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Fri 11/08/1967 New Cellar Club, South Shields
Sat 12/08/1967 Purple Onion, Whitburn
Fri 18/08/1967 Locarno, Sunderland John Lewis Blues Band, Just Bent, Trend

2 thoughts on “Jazzboard

  1. 0

    Very very good. See my site of my mod memories which I am still putting together. Brilliant times. Like the site. Still going through the music list and removing a lot of unwanted.


  2. 0

    Fantastic band
    Still keep in touch with Bruce Mcdonald Lowes – founder member and fab harp player


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