Phoenix Jazzmen

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Phoenix Jazzmen
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Background information
Origin: Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK
Years active: YYYY - YYYY
Label(s): unknown
Associated acts: River City Jazzmen, Newcastle Big Band
Website: none
Gordon Solomon
Don Eddy
John Hedley
Graham Shepherd
Ronnie Young
Gordon Sumner

Band history

Gordon Sumner played with the Phoenix Jazzmen in small clubs. He auditioned at the Blue Star Club in Newcastle, playing some Alan Price numbers including Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo.

Sting was a college boy when he performed with the Phoenix Jazzmen - according to Broken Music he started to play with them in the spring of 1973 and probably stayed until June 1974 (mostly performing on Saturdays). The band used to wear a uniform of black trousers and black shirts. Yet Sting used to turn up in a black and yellow striped rugby shirt. Bandleader Gordon Solomon remembers that Sting got his nickname at the Redhouse Workmans Club in Sunderland when someone said he looked like a wasp, so Gordon said they would call him Sting.

Band members



Awards & Honors

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Quotations and Trivia

The November 28, 1973 Courier issue mentions that the band plays at the Hawthorn Inn in Benwell on Tuesdays.

The same student newspaper mentions that Tuesday is also the day to see the Vieux Carre Jazzmen at Gosforth's Piccolo Restaurant in the evenings.

Songs performed by the Phoenix Jazzmen include Twelfth Street Rag, Tiger Rag, Beale Street Blues and Basin Street, also Never Ending Song Of Love, Caravan and Tiger Rag.

See also

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sources: Broken Music (p. 129 for example), StingMe website; Newcastle Journal - July 23, 1992