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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

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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