Oral history of jazz in Britain

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

  • Add a note
    Log in to add a note at the bottom of this page.
  • All notes
  • My notes
  • Hide notes
Please click to leave a note

The British Library Board acknowledges the intellectual property rights of those named as contributors to this recording and the rights of those not identified.
Legal and ethical usage »

Tags (top 25):
(No tags found for this item)
  • Type


  • Duration


  • Shelf mark


  • Subjects

    Nottingham Rhythm Club

  • Recording date


  • Recording locations

    Nottingham, UK

  • Interviewees

    Allsopp, Ken (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Herbert, Pete (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    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.

  • Metadata record:

    View full metadata for this item