The Marquee Club - A tribute site dedicated to the history of the legendary Marquee club at London's 90 Wardour street.

Joe Harriot

Joe Harriott

"The Harriott quintet appeared weekly at the Marquee, beginning a long, fruitful association with the venue. The NJF (National Jazz Federation) in this period had ten thousand members and the club often attracted a capacity crowd of 800? Jack Cooke recalled that, around this period, Harriott was beginning to develop radical musical ideas: 'I can remember being in the old Marquee one Friday afternoon in 1958 when Joe and Dizzy Reece were trying with some success to get out of the idea of playing on chords and into some kind of free melodic playing that Ornette Coleman was just beginning to put on record, though at the time none of us had heard him, or hardly even heard of him".

"Fire in His Soul", Alan Robertson, Northway Publications.