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However, progress with the new club was slow because the pair needed additional funds to convert the premises and fit it out to the standard they had envisaged.

The club was only nominally linked to the university, with the profits going into Mike Jeffery’s pocket.

Unlike the New Orleans Club, it catered for dancers as well as those people who just wanted to listen to jazz.

During the mid sixties, Newcastle’s Club A’Gogo was one of the top music venues in the North East.

The ‘Gogo’ was to Newcastle what the Marquee club was to London.

However, had it not been for Mike Jeffery, there would have been no Club A’Gogo and the careers of many well known musicians may not have turned out the way they did.

His 1957 venture, the University Jazz Club did well as a music venue.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ From the mid 50s, Newcastle had enjoyed a very lively jazz scene.

The Newcastle Jazz Club in the Royal Arcade, Pilgrim Street was founded in the first half of the 1950s and in 1955 the New Orleans Club opened up at Melbourne Street, Shieldfield.

The audience it attracted was younger than that of the New Orleans with a mixture of students and non-students.

Although there were several large dance halls in the town such as the Oxford Galleries and the Majestic (where the Beatles had their first live appearance in the city), there were only a handful of small, more intimate venues around at that time.

Jeffery and Graham set up several limited companies for the purpose of running their three establishments – The Downbeat, Marimba and the El Toro (a club they had opened in 1961 above the Marimba).

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