Between April 1964 and August 1966, BBC2 in the U.K. aired an hour-long TV show called Jazz 625
. It was broadcast on 625-lines UHF rather than the 405-lines VHF system then used by the other channels. This allowed for a better signal at home.
What was particularly noteworthy about the show is that it began airing after a long-running dispute between the U.K. Musician's Union and the American Federation of Musicians was resolved. This allowed American musicians to perform in the U.K. for the first time since the 1930s.
But on this particular episode, there were no Americans. Instead, Race and Humphrey Lyttelton presented a showcase of British jazz artists.
Here's the playlist
- Steve Race Orchestra
- Bill Le Sage and the Directions in Jazz Unit: Night Talk
- Cleo Laine and John Dankworth: Lady Be Good
- Victor Feldman Trio: Swinging on a Star
- Johnny Scott Quintet: Othello
- Tubby Hayes Big Band: Killers of W.1
- Annie Ross with the Tony Kinsey Quintet: Farmer's Market
- Bill Le Sage and the Directions in Jazz Unit: Time 2 1/2
- George Lewis and Acker Bilk: Corinne Corinna
- Ronnie Scott and the Victor Feldman Trio: Summer Love
- Tubby Hayes Big Band: In The Night
- Tony Kinsey Quintet: Jaffa Daze
- Johnny Scott Quintet: Donna Lee
- Cleo Laine and John Dankworth: Women Talk
Here's Jazz 625
This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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