Oral history of jazz in Britain
Allsopp, Ken. (2 of 2). Oral History of Jazz in Britain
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Nottingham Rhythm Club
Allsopp, Ken (speaker, male)
Herbert, Pete (speaker, male)
Part 2. First trad boom in early 1950s was short-lived, second from 1959 was more sustained and took off when bookers found they could book up to 20 bands to play one or two numbers each for same price as booking one star singer. This policy spawned larger jazz concerts (e.g. Royal Festival Hall) and many new groups. Musician Union lifted band on American musicians, Lyn Dutton a good agent but other cashed in by booking pick-up groups while many real groups abandoned jazz in favour of hit parade. After trad boom, Nottingham Rhythm Club reverted to one night per week featuring local bands which were now very experienced. At Test Match time promoted American visitors such as Bud Freeman, Yank Lawson to build public interest. Moved to present venue, The Manor House, [Albert Road] seats 300. Current scene [i.e. early 1990s] very healthy though age group much older and not attractive to younger audiences. No support from Arts Council whic regards traditional jazz as "dead". Merseysippi Jazz Band now reckoned to be playing better than in early days and keeping traditional jazz alive.