I was driven to make the documentary GEORDIE JAZZ MAN as, like Keith himself, the jazz cafe was becoming old and worn and my gut feeling told me it was time someone documented Keith and the history of the venue before it was too late.

Keith had always been part of my life; on the day I was born he captured the first ever pictures taken of my family, and me. Years later I would film his final interview weeks prior to his death.

What I didn’t quite expect was to unearth so much more about Keith’s character and lively past, which placed him right at the epicentre of one of the most exciting periods in musical history in the North-East of England.

Since his sudden passing in late 2012 the story has become ever so more poignant and is real tribute to Keith and all he stood for.

Characters like Keith’s are an anomaly, an endangered species that need to be remembered and documented. With my personal connection to Keith and a current revival in the popularity of jazz related programming, there couldn’t be a better person to tell this story at a more suitable time.

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