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Bebop Spoken There

Les Paul: "Okay so you make great sounds. The people you're playing for, they work all day, they don't go to music schools and study harmony. They pay their dough, they come in, they listen. If they don't understand what you're doing, they walk out. What are you supposed to do, tie 'em with a rope whilst you explain you're playing great music?" - (Down Beat June 15, 1951).

Jack Perciful: "Unless you're playing somewhere like Carnegie Hall, in the States, the piano is the last thing they buy. When they've got ten dollars left over they go buy a piano." - (Crescendo October 1971.)

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Today Sunday May 28

Afternoon.
Harambee Pasadia - See RH Column.
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Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Northumberland Park, Tynemouth Rd., Tynemouth NE30 2HA. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Cancelled! Young Musicians Jam Session - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. Cancelled!
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Billy Bootleggers All Star House Band w. Teresa Watson - Billy Bootleggers - 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
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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.
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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.)
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