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Bebop Spoken There

John Tynan: "Go ahead, call me reactionary. I happen to object to the musical nonsense being peddled in the name of jazz by John Coltrane and his acolyte Eric Dolphy." - (Downbeat November 22, 1961).

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McCoy Tyner: "If anyone want to know how the three of us - Elvin, Jimmy and me - felt about John [Coltrane], listen to the music and you can hear the love and respect we had for each other. The music can really speak more than any of us." - (Melody Maker, August 19, 1967).
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Today Tuesday April 25

Evening
Playtime Collective w. Martin Kershaw (alto); Graeme Stephen (guitar); Mario Caribe (bass); Tom Bancroft (drums). - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £10/£8 (conc.). JNE/Schmazz.
Maine Street Jazzmen - Royal British Legion Club, West Jesmond Ave. Newcastle NE2 3EX. £5. 8:30pm.
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham. 9:00pm. Free (bucket collection).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pelican Post

Following several mentions in BBSH of the Emcee Five, I’m sure I remember seeing them playing at a club at the top of Northumberland Street, above what was then the News Theatre. I think the club was called the Pelican Club but I might be wrong about that. Has anyone recollections, or more info?
Jack Goodwin.
(The above photo has Ian Carr in his pre Emcee Five days at the Pelican Club. Ronnie McLean is the trombonist and Don Armstrong the sax player - Lance.)

4 comments :

  1. Was the club later called the 'Tatler' club? During the day it was a Chinese restaurant. Then about 9-00pm it became a night-club. Mike worked there in the resident band.
    I was working as a 'fire-woman' in 1970 and after a late shift I used to get changed out of my uniform, get glammed up and walk up from Pilgrim Street Fire Station.

    "Oh happy days"


    p.s. There is photographic evidence of my career as a fire-woman (for those who may doubt it?..lol..)

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  2. Did you start fires or put them out?
    I suppose when you say 'glammed up' it meant you went from hoses to hosiery.
    I saw you wearing a fire-person's helmet on Facebook but I thought you were at a fancy dress party!
    and yes, I think you are right about them being one and the same club.

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  3. I said that the Pelican Club was based in the News Theatre building. I now realise that it was in the same building which housed the Tatler cinema at the top of Northumberland Street. The News Theatre was in Pilgrim Street. But the club was definitely called The Pelican Club and my wife Audrey remembers going there - before we met, as it happens, at a Peter Deuchar jazz party!!

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  4. There were in fact three News Theatres. One in Westgate Road, the one that is now the Tyneside Cinema and the Tatler which, according to the link, was originally Louis Bertorelli's café.It then the Pelican Club and then the Tatler night club.
    I have the feeling that, in the 1940's it was also some form of Jazz Record Society on a Sunday afternoon.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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