Blaydon Jazz Club is one of the oldest and best-known jazz clubs in the region. The jazz sessions started in September 1984 at The Black Bull at the invitation of Pauline Haley, who ran the pub at that time.  Helped by the convivial atmosphere of a thriving traditional pub with lots of other activities and perfectly kept ale, the jazz sessions became extremely popular and within a short time nationally known guest musicians were regularly featured. Over the following years a veritable who's who of British mainstream jazz came to play at The Bull. The focus was, and still is, on accessible mid-period jazz based mostly on the  'The Great American Songbook' – the songs of Gershwin, Rogers & Hart, Kern, Berlin, Porter, Ellington, Arlen and so on. The Black Bull jazz sessions became well known and admired among jazz fans all over the UK.

In 1998 the club had to move to another venue and in recent years has been at Blaydon CIU, who have been extremely supportive, but the CIU sadly closed in January 2013.  At the invitation of Carl and Jackie Haley, the jazz club has returned to its spiritual home, The Black Bull. Under their management the pub is once again a thriving part of the community with a host of very popular activities including strong support for live music.

The monthly concerts will usually be every third Sunday of each month 8pm to 10.30pm (but watch for occasional variations or extra dates).  We hope you can come along and enjoy our music.     

For more information on the jazz club, please visit Roly's website: www.rolyveitch.20m.com  There you'll also find information on dialect, dialect songs and local Blaydon/Winlaton area history eg. essays on the Blaydon Races, Blaydon Burn, the Cowens, Ambrose Crowley, Old Blaydon, The Spike and more.



Archive: 2013


Sunday 21st April at 8pm. £4

Special guests Sue Ferris (sax/flute) and James Birkett (guitar) with Roly Veitch (guitar), Neil Harland (bass) and Dave Francis (drums.)

Sue Ferris, one of the north's leading jazz saxophonist/flautists and James Birkett, one of our finest jazz guitarists, join with Roly, Neil and Dave to play a contrasting selection of American Songbook classics.



Sunday 19th May at 8pm. £4

Our special guest is Jeremy McMurray with Mick Shoulder (bass), Adam Sinclair (drums) and Roly Veitch (guitar/vocals.)

Jeremy is quite simply one of the north east's top straight ahead jazz pianists.  




Sunday 16th June & Sunday 21st July

Paris comes to Blaydon - je ne sais quoi hinny.
The purely acoustic gypsy jazz as epitomised by the incredible Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli is riding a wave of popularity just now. Played well, the music has great charm, irresistible rhythm and delightful improvisations. We are featuring two of the north's finest exponents of this musical style, each with a contrasting approach.



Sunday 16th June 8pm Adm. £4

Djangologie - Emma Fisk vln, James Birkett & Giles Strong gtrs, Mick Shoulder bass.


Sunday 21st Jul 8pm Adm. £4

Keith Stephen's Hot Club Trio is fronted by Django devotee Keith Stephen, supported by Roly Veitch (rhythm gtr/vcls) and virtuoso slap bass exponent Bruce Rollo. The band also features the vivacious Caroline Irwin vcls/uke and, for this concert, special guest Steve Andrews, a total master of swing style clarinet/sax.  


Sunday 18th Aug at 8pm. £4

Ruth Lambert Trio plus special guest Graham Hardy (tpt/flgl). 

Much loved and respected NE jazz singer Ruth Lambert brings her new trio (Giles Strong gtr, Mick Shoulder bass) and is also joined by trumpet/flugel ace Graham Hardy for a program of songbook classics.


Sunday 15th Sep 8pm Adm. £4.00

Paul Edis Sextet

Paul brings his brilliant and much acclaimed 'hard bop' styled sextet. As heard on Radio 3's 'Jazz Record Requests'. The cream of young NE jazz musicians.
When Paul first expanded his acclaimed trio to form a sextet, it was soon being hailed as "one of the most accomplished and original bands of recent years", and it's certainly lived up to the billing. With a front line of Graham Hardy on trumpet, Graeme Wilson on sax and Chris Hibbard on trombone, it has the look of a classic hard bop band, and it certainly has the drive and energy of a Horace Silver or Art Blakey ensemble. But Paul's imaginative arrangements of jazz standards, and a growing book of original compositions, make sure that there's also a distinctly contemporary feel. If this is music that has its roots in the 1960s, its blossoms are absolutely of today!


Sunday 20th October - 8pm - Adm. £4.00

Billy Harper Quartet with Anne DeVere.
For 15 great years Bill played some wonderful jazz piano every week at Blaydon Jazz Club. He was also first call pianist for 'Jazz North East' concerts, backing top UK, European and American visiting soloists. Bill and his wife, superb jazz singer Anne, are back on Tyneside for a short stay. For this concert they are joined by Neil Harland bass, Adam Sinclair drms and Roly Veitch gtr.






Sunday Nov 17 - 8pm - Adm. £4.00

Paul Edis Trio plus special guests Steve Andrews sax and Graham Hardy tpt/flgl.

Steve Andrews, absolute master of swing style saxophone, and the versatile Graham Hardy (equally at home playing Satchmo through to Hubbard) are two of the area's finest jazz musicians. For this concert they are accompanied by the Paul Edis Trio.





Sunday Dec 15 - 8pm - £4.00

Christmas Concert - including our usual DIY buffet (please bring along an item of food to add to the feast)
Roly Veitch/Jeremy McMurray Quartet

One of the North's finest straight ahead jazz pianists, Teesside's Jeremy McMurray, joins with Blaydon's own Roly Veitch on guitar, Neil Harland bass and Adam Sinclair drms for an evening of songbook repertoire.

George Evans
George Evans
Legendary bandleader/arranger George Evans with Bill Smith and famous jazz musician Bruce Turner
John Barnes
John Barnes
UK jazz legend John Barnes together with Bill Smith and Roly Veitch
Vintage 1984
Vintage 1984
The original Black Bull Quartet in 1984 - Marshall Walker, Roly Veitch, Clem Avery, Bill Smith
Roy Williams
Roy Williams
World class jazz trombonist Roy Williams with Clem Avery on bass
Steve Andrews
Steve Andrews
Our great local saxophonist and clarinetist Steve Andrews with Roy Cansdale on bass
John Hallam
John Hallam
John Hallam, nationally recognised reed player
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