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"Geordie Jazz Man" Tour — A Celebration of the Life of Keith Crombie

  • TYNE IDOLS PICKUP POINT Bewick Street Newcastle upon Tyne (map)
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This Tyne Idols full package starts off at 12.30pm on Sunday, 26 May 2019 with an insightful tour hosted by one of Keith Crombie's very best pals who also featured in the film The Geordie Jazzman, Mr Bertie Forster.

Bertie has enlisted other lifelong friends of Keith to share the history and anecdotes of the legendary owner of The Jazz Café over the years. Prepare to laugh, gasp and reminisce in style on our vintage double decker bus with the added bonus of the best bus-based sound system available.

The tour will wind its way to The Exchange in North Shields where a Pie ‘n’ Peas Supper awaits at 4.00pm to keep you going until our screening of The Geordie Jazzman commences at 5.30pm. This will be followed by a Q&A with Abi Lewis, director and producer, and featuring guests from the movie.

After the Q&A we will be rounding the day off with Jazz at The Exchange Bar and a chance to catch up with all the folk who made The Jazz Café their spiritual home when Keith was in residence. Needless to say, we positively encourage you to bring nibbles and drinks for sustenance on the bus tour (plastic cups and glasses only please) and of course the bar at The Exchange will be fully functional at all times during our occupation of the premises.

TICKETS FOR THE FULL PACKAGE are now on sale at £35 (including bus tour, supper, film screening with premier table seating, plus Q&A). Tickets are very limited due to the capacity of the double decker bus and early booking is definitely advised on this one. Tickets available from wor Julie at Tyne Idols on 0191 253 1618 or e-mail


12.30-15.30 — Geordie Jazz Man Tour, a celebration of the life of Keith Crombie leaving from Bewick Street, ending at The Exchange, hosted by the irresistible Bertie Forster, with two stop-offs for refreshments (more details TBC)

16.00-17.00 — Geordie Pie ‘n’ Peas Supper served at The Exchange

17.30 -19.30Geordie Jazz Man screening and Q&A with the director and producer of the film Abi Lewis along with some of the actors and participants

19.30-21.00 — Jazz in The Exchange Bar

Have a peek at the trailer for this wonderful film here >

For even more info view the website >

“Until his death in 2012, Keith Crombie was the internationally-renowned Geordie Jazz Man — a contrary, mysterious figure who spent decades refusing to bow to musical tides and presiding over one of the city's premiere dives, a home away from home for travelling known musicians and generations of Geordie misfits. A mystery to many of his Jazz Café patrons, whether he was recognised from his exhaustive leafleting of the city's universities or from his tough door policies and unparalleled musical legacy, Keith was an epicentre of creativity in Newcastle. His closest friends and confidantes included local, national and internationally renowned musicians and thespians — with Pink Lane's Jazz Café the pride of the Newcastle Jazz and live music scene.”

Later Event: June 1
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