Oral history of jazz in Britain

Allsopp, Ken. (1 of 2). Oral History of Jazz in Britain

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    Nottingham Rhythm Club

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    Nottingham, UK

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    Allsopp, Ken (speaker, male)

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    Herbert, Pete (speaker, male)

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    Part 1. Louis Armstrong at Nottingham Empire, ca. 1935/6, Ken Allsopp aged 11 or 12. Posted to India. Co-formed Nottingham Rhythm Club with Bill Kinnell. 1945/6 jazz scene dominated by record recitals. Eric Lovell Dixieland Revivalists, first revivalist jazz band in Midlands. Jim Hyde, clarinet, from Birmingham. George Webb Dixielanders model, Ken made pilgrimage to Red Barn at Barnehurst. Lovell probably followed Webb model. Most trad musicians not technically competent, exception was Humphrey Lyttelton. Albert Hall Nottingham (then a Methodist Church establishment) off-limits to jazz. Odeon Ballroom venue, promoted Chris Barber, Lyttelton and The Saints (Manchester), Crane River Band and Merseysippi Jazz Band. Press coverage of jazz. 1950 move to Queen's Hall Ballroom, Dutch Swing College Band, instrumental sound derived from recordings. Trent Hotel, big names at the time (Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk, Alex Welsh, et al) drew above capacity crowds.

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