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Sunday, February 15, 2015

John Coltrane @ Newcastle City Hall - November 1961

I always enjoy spending a bit of time browsing your website (I remember thrilling to Willie Payne's playing too) and I thought you might be the person to approach with a John Coltrane in Newcastle question.
The A Love Supreme 50th anniversary programme on radio 4 last week jogged my memory of a  reference book listing for a Newcastle City Hall Coltrane gig in November 1961.  It'd be great to know more about this gig - maybe one of your readers might remember hearing of it or even being there?
Mick Wright.

Well Mick, I was there and I hated it! I very much preferred the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet. I just wasn't ready for Coltrane, despite having loved his earlier work on Prestige and Blue Note. Maybe I'd still feel the same today!
Imagine though, a two band gig with Elvin Jones in one band and Mel Lewis in the other!
Lance.
PS: Thanks to Ken Drew for editing program photo.

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