Jazz 625: British Jazz


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 other channels on the dial. This allowed for a better signal at home. Other „625“ shows were produced for the UHF channel.

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What was particularly noteworthy about Jazz 625 is that it began airing right 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. [Photo above of Steve Race]

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But in this particular clip, there were no Americans, just a compilation of British jazz episodes that were assembled and aired in 2010. Over the two-year period back in the ’60s, hosts Race and Humphrey Lyttelton presented superb U.K. artists who appeared on the show. [Photo above of Humphrey Lyttelton from YouTube]

Here’s the order:

  • 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


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