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Elate Ballroom

The Elate Ballroom was located on the second floor of 711 S. Broad Street. The Elate Club was on the ground floor.

Joe Webb and his Decca Recording Orchestra, featuring Big Maybelle, played here at the “Shine on the Harvest Moon Dance” presented by legendary dance promoter Reese DuPree.

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John Coltrane biographer Lewis Porter wrote:

Coltrane was hired when [Joe] Webb played for dancers in Philadelphia’s Elate Ballroom at 711 South Broad Street on Friday, September 13, 1946. Cal Massey (1928-72), a trumpeter from Pittsburgh, called “Folks” after his mother’s maiden name, happened to walk by when the band was playing and he ended up in the trumpet’s section. A lifelong friendship between Massey and Coltrane began as the two toured the country with the Webb band.

Porter, Lewis. John Coltrane: His Life and Music. Michigan: The University of Michigan Press, 1998.