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5th January 1962 - 29th June 1962

A thirty-minute show which for once didn’t rely on the traditional jazz that other shows were still plugging at the time, instead focusing on the larger big-band style.

Guest singers like Billy Fury, Jackie Trent, Danny Williams, Ottilie Patterson and Cleo Laine would appear each week alongside some of Britain’s finest instrumental jazz talent like Johnny Dankworth, Tubby Hayes, Chris Barber and Eric Delaney. Some trad still crept in from time to time, but by this time the trad fad was truly on its way out.

The first two shows recorded featured The Chris Barber Band with Ottilie Patterson, The Dallas Boys, The John Barry Seven and Janie Marden, replaced by Garry Lane from the third show. Each show featured three bands who would have their own numbers to perform, but also will play one song as an ensemble. Likewise, singers would have their own spot and also with the bands.

Produced by Rita Gillespie the show was initially set for six shows only, before being extended to twelve shows, and then extended further to fifteen due to the show’s popularity.