When I hear that jazz band play-- The Melody Maker-- Stumbling towards criteria-- Early definitions, bands and records-- Odd bedfellows-- Leading up to Louis-- Duke and lesser mortals-- Pundits, record companies and rhythm clubs-- Books and magazines-- Discographers-- Archer Street jazzmen and the BBC-- Peckham, pandemonium and Humphrey Lyttelton-- Heebie jeebie boys-- Jazz comes to Britain by stealth-- Jazz and justice-- Britain's first real jazz age-- Select discography-- Select bibliography-- Index of tune titles-- General index.
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Examines in great detail the arrival of jazz in Britain, the influence of American musicians, the big-band era and then the advent of bop, the Musicians' Union ban, the development of jazz journalism and specialist clubs and the fascinating cloak and dagger plots culminating in the defiance of the Musicians' Union ban on the appearance of American musicians in Britain. Conscientiously researched and related with trenchant and pithy humour. (source: Nielsen Book Data)