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Legendary Jazz Club Slug's Saloon Owner Jay Schultz Talks to Daniel Beban About Old Performers

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Aug 25, 2014 11:34 AM EDT

If you're in the know then, perhaps, you know about Slug's Saloon--and maybe you know a few from the echelon who played there.

Per Radio New Zealand National, a recent venture from Daniel Beban, who runs Wellington sound exploration space The Pyramid Club met a slick fellow who ran the joint.

What Beban uncovered at an Golden Bay's Mussel Inn concert, was the owner, Jay Schultz, who is now known as Gopal Krishna and a resident in Onekaka.

The legendary underground jazz club in New York served as a hotbed for '60s counterculture and beat folks. What revolutionary jazz musicians past through its threshold is astounding.

Luckily, Beban brought in a recorded to Golden Bay on his next run through and caught some of the history from Jerry Schultz, and New Zealand Radio has it on tape.

Such faces includes Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Albert Ayler and more. And Schultz has a good skinny on what went on behind closed doors.

So make your way over for a quick listen. And in the meantime, check out some Ra below.

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TagsJohn Coltrane, The Pyramid Club, Jerry Schultz, Golden Bay, Radio New Zealand National, Sun Ra, Daniel Beban