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Bop and post-bop
Jazz Couriers
Ronnie Scott Orchestra
The new Tubby Hayes Quintet
Tubby Hayes Orchestra
Kenny Graham's Afro Cubists
Tony Kinsey Quartet/Quintet
Don Rendell Sextet
Johnny Dankworth Seven and Orchestra
Tony Crombie Orchestra
The EmCee Five
Joe Harriott Quintet
The Jazz Makers
The Jazz Committee
Jive Bombers
Tito Burns Sextet / Septet
Melody Maker's All Stars
Alan Dean's Beboppers / All Star Sextet
Jack Parnell and his Orchestra / Music Makers
Kenny Baker
Ken Moule
Vic Lewis
Kirchin Band
Norman Burns
Johnny Keating / Tommy Watt
Other big bands
Bebop Preservation Society
Tommy Chase Quartet


Other bands
The Jazz Five
Vic Lewis Orchestra
Harry Parry Sextet
Harry Hayes
Johnny Claes and the Claepigeons
Heralds of Swing
Buddy Featherstonhaugh
Ted Heath and his Music
Tommy Sampson and his Orchestra
The black British swing bands
Bruce Turner's Jump Band

Jazz Couriers
Jazz Couriers (late 1950s)

Many other bands providing entertainment at club level operated throughout the 1950s. The majority of them were unrecorded and in many cases they had a very short existence. The popular groups and clubs are covered elsewhere on this website but little is now remembered about bands such as the following: Cab Kaye and his Cabinettes, The Jazz At The Flamingo Unit, Dizzy Reece's Headliners, Leon Roy Big Band, Joe Muddel Quintet/Sextet, Phil Seamen Quintet, Tommy Whittle - Harry Klein Quintet, Tony Crombie Quintet and Keith Christie All-Stars, All-Coloured Harlem Rhythm Stars. (If anybody has information about any of them please contact me). Below are reproductions of some of the club and gig advertisements of the time....
RIK GUNNELL
and
JOE MUDDEL QUINTET
HONEY BROWN - DAVE WILKINS
PETE BRAY - JOE HARRIOTT - JACK HONEYBORNE

Resident - "GUNNELL'S BLUE ROOM,"
16 Garrick Street, W.C.2.

BRITAIN'S FOREMOST 7 NIGHTS A WEEK JAZZ CLUB

AAAAAAAAAA! FABULOUS Feldman Club, 100, Oxford Street. Sunday 7.30. Tribute to "Birth of the Blues", Joe Muddel's New Sextet, with Henry Shaw, Ronnie Scott, Johnny Rogers, Tony Kinsey, Bernie Fenton ; The Jacdon Trio ; Al Douglas Trio
Maurice Burman and Guest Artists.
Extra added attraction "Terrific new Alto discovery" Joe Harriott.
Members, 3/6 ; guests, 5/-.
__________ RECITAL ROOM __________
TUESDAY, 28th AUGUST at 7.45 p.m.
"MODERN JAZZ WORKSHOP No.24" VIC ASH QUARTET with TOMMY JONES,
LENNY BUSH and TERRY SHANNON.
PHIL SEAMEN QUINTET with
JOE HARRIOTT, DAVE GOLDBERG,
JOHNNY WEED and MAJOR HOLLEY.
Compere: JACK HIGGINS
(TONY HALL on holiday)

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