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.
26th October 2015
Chris, along with photographers Graham Lowe and Dennis Weller were guests on a special two hour show hosted by Simon Bolton & Nick Murray to talk about their forthcoming book Backstage Pass : Redcar Jazz Club. Along with the chat Simon & Nick played music from the 60s and a couple of rare demo & rehearsal tracks by local bands who performed at the Jazz Club. You can hear it HERE
photo by Pam Hildreth
ON SALE NOW
Direct from the publishers
at the following link
or stockists in the UK
Book Corner, Saltburn By Sea
Guisborough Book Shop
Whitby Book Shop
Kirtkleatham Museum, Redcar
Clock Gallery, High St. Redcar
Waterstone Books, Middlesbrough
Sound It Out Records, Stockton
Drake Bookshop, Stockton
Worthy Pearson, Gt Ayton, N.Yorks
CLICK ON EITHER LINK TO TAKE YOU TO CHRIS' AMAZON PAGES
For the last... well, since February last year I've been working on a book about Redcar Jazz Club, culturally a very important venue in the North east of England, whose golden years coincided with that explosively innovative golden decade of the 60s.
While we put an astronaut on the moon who took a small step for man, but a huge step for mankind, down here we were taking a few steps of our own... Everything in England's youth culture underwent a comprehensive overhaul as teenagers fought, screamed and danced their way out of the drab post-war years. Clothes, music, haircuts, entertainment venues, films... and most of all, attitudes.
Sept 2015 BACKSTAGE PASS : REDCAR JAZZ CLUB
I keep getting asked what the cover's going to look like on the new book when it's published. Instead of explaining, thought I'd give you a sneak preview. So, here 'tis for your delight. If you want to know some more, then click on the TELL ME MORE button below the book cover.
To get in touch with Redcar Jazz Club Media Group
Chris appeared on the John Foster Show on BBC TEES with collaborator and photographer Dennis Weller to discuss their new book BACKSTAGE PASS : REDCAR JAZZ CLUB which features photographs by Dennis and Graham Lowe. Marketing manager Mick York joined them on air. Thanks John for making us welcome. You can hear it HERE
Chris pictured here with John Foster in the studio.
Picture by Dennis Weller
Current Promotional schedule for
BACKSTAGE PASS REDCAR JAZZ CLUB has been announced.
BOOK LAUNCH will be:
Saturday 31st October. KIRKLEATHAM MUSEUM, Redcar - 11a.m and 3 p.m.
Followed by book signings :
Sat 14 Nov GUISBOROUGH BOOKSHOP, Chaloner St 11 - 3 pm
Sat 21 Nov CLOCK GALLERY, Redcar 11 - 3 pm
Sat 28 Nov BOOK CORNER, Saltburn 11 - 2 pm
Sat 5 Dec Preston Hall Music memorabilia Fair
Chris, and his collaborators Dennis Weller & Graham Lowe, both photographers, were featured in a double page spread (pages 76-77) in the northern UK Cleveland & Teesside area magazine Now & Then this month. The article titled Seems Like Yesterday told the story behind their new book about the legendary Redcar Jazz Club which featured world class acts during the golden era of the 1960s.
left to right : Dennis Weller, Mick York, Graham Lowe & Chris
picture by Dennis Weller
photo - Dennis Weller
Chris, Graham Lowe & Dennis Weller would like to thank all who played their part behind the scenes at the book launch on Saturday 31st October at Kirkleatham Museum. Most of all we'd like to thank those who took the trouble to come and see us and buy the book. It went better than we could have ever hoped.
Dennis Graham Chris
photo - Helena Lowe
The new book Backstage Pass : Redcar Jazz Club was featured in Middlesbrough's Gazette.
To see the article, CLICK HERE
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 !
above left : Alan Fearnley of Rivers Invitation & The Crawdaddies, Dennis Weller holding a shot he took of John McCoy (right) blowing harp with Long John Baldry's Hoochie Coochie Men.
centre left to right : photographers Dennis Weller & Graham Lowe, with Chris standing with John Sharpe
right: Chris with Terry Fabb from Pinner who bought the very first copy of the book when it went on sale. all pix by Mick York
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.