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14264 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 83 this month (May 26).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Jam session @ Fabio's Bar, Durham. 8:00pm. A Durham Uni Jazz Soc event. All welcome.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.


Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Monday, February 08, 2021

Roy Marsh and the Foolscap Club

I'm wondering if I'm the only person who remembers The Foolscap Club? Situated at the top end of Gateshead High Street it was, as I remember, a club for, but not exclusively, journalists. I say, not exclusively, as I was an occasional visitor and any journalistic ambitions I may have had didn't surface until many years later.
However, the main reason I frequented the club - late 1960s/early 1970s - was because Roy Marsh played organ.

Marsh was one of the first outstanding British vibes player having recorded and broadcast with Harry Parry, Eric Winstone and other British bands in the 1940s and 1950s. Although he never topped the MM polls, from 1944 until 1959 he was always in the shake-up running second to Victor Feldman in 1950.

I don't think he stayed at The Foolscap very long and I don't think the club itself lasted very long, but I do, rather vaguely, remember his playing rising above the smoke-filled, incessant chatter that was so atmospheric of clubs at that time.

Amazingly, I have yet to meet many musicians who remember Roy Marsh playing up here and none at all who can remember the club. Someone tell me I wasn't dreaming!
1 Victor Feldman
2 Roy Marsh
3 Tommy Pollard
4 Martin Slavin


Alf Stone said...

Rest easy, Lance, you didn't dream it. I first came across the Fool's Cap Club in an old copy of The Stage from November 1964 when Wee Georgie Wood told them that he had travelled north for the grand opening. He said it featured Midgeley and Hawks who were very much in the style of Bob and Alf Pearson and it was run by Mr. and Mrs. Knox-Crichton. It was described in an ad thus: "Many amenities and a warm welcome to THE PROFESSION living in or visiting the North East". It didn't last long under the Knox-Crichtons and was under new management in May 1965 when Roy Marsh first seems to have appeared on the scene. It was at 91 High West Street, Gateshead which along with most of the area was demolished in the early 1970s. It had previously been what was claimed to be Gateshead's first night club and called The Coffee Pot.

Douglas-Knox Crichton appeared in a handful of films in the 1940s under the name of Knox Crichton but he was born Douglas Stewart Williams.

Lance said...

Thanks Alf. I recall a Knox-Crichton contributing an article to The World's Fair the magazine of The Showman's Guild. It was about the Sunday lunchtime jazz gigs at the Bluebell in Felling. This too would be in the 1960s and was probably the same guy. I still have the cutting somewhere. I guess it would be the same guy.

I recall The Coffee Pot although I don't think I was ever there when it was called that.

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