5th December 2015
Chris, along with jazz and R&B photographer Dennis Weller & rock photographer Graham Lowe, his collaborators on Backstage Pass : Redcar Jazz Club, were at the "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll Music Fair" at Preston Hall Museum on Saturday 5th December to sign copies of their book. As well as enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the museum itself, they would like to thank Nick Mawson for making them welcome, Cooler King for the music, Mr Jagger, Mr Richards & cohorts for the excellent video & also everyone who came to meet them and chat.
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November 2015 : Odd Man Out : left to right - Writer Chris and the men in red, both photographers, Dennis Weller & Graham Lowe, signing books at the Clock Gallery, High Street, Redcar on Saturday 21st October, watched over by yet another photographer, award-winning landscape specialist Ged Hickey.
photo : Mick York
If the reproduction here is poor on your chosen device, you can CLICK HERE then go to page 34 to read the article.
Thanks to the staff of Guisborough Bookshop for their hospitality during our book signing.
Chris, pictured left with Malcolm 'Buck' Buckton, bass player of Government, who helped with the research and called in to buy a couple of copies !
You can now hear Chris with Graham, Dennis & Mick York, the RJC Media Marketing Manager on the radio. BBC Tees & Zetland FM have given permission for RJC Media to use permanent links to their shows. You can find them by CLICKING HERE
28th November 2015
Chris, Dennis and Graham attended a book signing at the Book Corner in Station Square in Saltburn today. They 'd like to thank Jenna & Mick for organising it all, with an extra thank you to Mick (for doing the coffee & mince pie run at just the right moment). Nice to meet all those who came to see us, and if you couldn't make it, then Backstage Pass : Redcar Jazz Club is available from the website www.redcarjazzclubmedia.com
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Simon Bolton has invited Chris to be a guest on his Zetland FM Radio show on Tuesday 15th December at 6 p.m. As well as chatting about the new Redcar Jazz Club book, Chris will be talking about his other books and of course there''ll be music. Listen in if you can. You'll be welcome.
5th December 2015
Musos reunited? More like skin-bashers reunited. Three drummers in one room and that's without including the house drummer of Cooler King who were providing the music for the book signing at the "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll Music Fair" at Preston Hall. left to right : Denny Chatto who started in the Fireflies and was later the singer in Candy Factory when Chris was the drummer, and Kev Hunt of Rufus Buck. photo by Mick York.
Chris would also like to thank Barry Jones for his surprise gift - his book Stars Fell On Stockton. Probably between them, the three drummers above played most of the venues featured in Barry's book, and remember them fondly.
Thanks for all your support through 2015 and making Backstage Pass : Redcar Jazz Club a success.
Good to know we have so many friends
Hope you all have an exciting and rewarding 2016 !
From 10th February - 10th April Kirkleatham Hall Museum is hosting an exhibition of landscape & rock images by Graham Lowe, one of the photographic collaborators on Backstage Pass : Redcar Jazz Club. It is well worth a visit. Above: Chris pictured in the exhibition gallery.
photo by Susan Wilson
20th February 2016
Deputy Editor Chris Lloyd ran a double page feature in the print edition of the newspaper on Backstage Pass : Redcar Jazz Club with a selction of photos culled from the book as well as publishing the piece on their website. You can find it HERE:
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May 2016 Palace Arts Centre (The Hub) on Redcar seafront is featuring an exhibition by Saltburn photographer Francis Fitzgerald documenting local social events. As well as a host of images in black & white, see them reproduced in colour in a very special book. You've never seen a book with a rusty steel cover? You will have if you visit this exhibition.
Above: Chris pictured with Francis on the opening day of the show. picture by Susan Wilson
Chris was reunited this week with singer Anth (Tony) Clements with whom he shared many stages back in the day when they were both in local bands The Wheel and Pretty Like Me. Anth had previously been in The Steve Brown Soul Sect, and while neither can remember the first gig they did togther in The Wheel, Anth recalled their first gig after he came back to the fold was at The Cat's Whiskers in York. When Chris gave up playing the drums and turned to writing books, Anth continued to sing, his last band Juke Blues, based in Reading before he moved back north.
Book Corner, Station Square, Saltburn By The Sea
Waterstone's, Captain Cook Square, Middlesbrough
Whitby Bookshop, Church St, Whitby
Guisborough Bookshop, Chaloner St, Guisborough
Clock Gallery, High St, Redcar
Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar,
Worthy Pearson, Gt Ayton
Drake's Books, High St., Stockton
(other stockists to be announced)
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29th July 2016
Chris with radio presenter Simon Bolton shortly before going on air, and the view out of the window of the vertical pier that houses Radio Zetland FM. It's starting to feel like home...
You can listen to the show HERE
Just like to thank radio presenter Bob Fischer for an entertaining afternoon when he stepped into the breach today to interview me on John Foster's radio show because John was under the weather. We talked about music and the countryside and even a little bit about books. He's an author too, you know... but more to the point, he likes Little Feat, and Mick Jagger and of course the maestro - Jimi Hendrix. In the meantime we wish John well and hope he's soon back on the airwaves.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16 2016
Nearly a year gone by already... Graham Lowe & Dennis Weller with Chris, signing copies of Backstage Pass : Redcar Jazz Club in the Book Corner in Saltburn last year. photo by Neil
From a review of Sunset Be Glory in the December 2016 issue of Coastal View & Moor News - If you are unable to read it here, you can find it on page 41
Singer and drummer Denny Chatto, a bandmate back in the day, sharing a joke with Chris out on the river Ouse in York. Denny had been the vocalist when Chris was the drummer in Candy Factory in the early 70s, paying their dues flogging up and down the country in a Ford Transit, prisoners of the white lines on the highway, hostage to many a club audience. Denny's currently with Scarborough band Trigger.
photo by Susan Wilson
Chris with legendary singer Terry Reid before Terry's intimate gig at Tea, Toast & Post in Robin Hood's Bay on North Yorkshire coast. Perhaps the greatest singer you've never heard of, Terry was discovered by Graham Nash of the Hollies when he was 15 years old, then opened for the Rolling Stones, Ike & Tina Turner & B.B. King right across the USA when he was 16, and even sang at Mick Jagger's wedding to Bianca. Chris hadn't seen Terry for 40 years and was astounded when he could still mesmerise a room full of musos with his songs and stories for over two and a half hours, performing solo, his voice as subtle and evocative as ever, a sheer delight.
Chris and his wife Sue managed to catch up with Jeff Bannister of the Liverpool hit-makers The Swinging Blue Jeans who were headlining the last night of the annual autumn Whitby 60s festival, supported by a surprisingly good Vanity Fayre and Mud II. As usual, the SBJ's played a rousing set which left little room on the dance floor. Jeff's had a long and illustrious career including stints with The John Barry Seven and The Alan Bown Set, as well as providing keyboards on many sessions and tours. He also helped Chris on the Redcar Jazz Club book.
Chris with Jeff Bannister (left) of the the Swinging Blue Jeans and (centre) Jim Rodford of Argent then later the Kinks and presently with the brought-back-to-life Zombies at Whitby's 60s festival. Jim was deputising for the Swinging Blue Jeans regular bassman, Pete Oakman.
photo by Susan Wilson
Sorry... if you came here looking for information on, or pictures of Whitby. Those pages have been pulled, as Chris has been revamping the Flavour of Whitby book he originally wrote some (quite a few) years back. With advances in printing techniques he has been able to sustitute many of the original black & white photos with colour images, and also expand the text to include more information. We hope to have the book on sale by Easter, and will be announced here as soon as it is available. In the meantime, the cover should look like this....