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Pop Music on British Television 1955 - 1999

Both modern and trad jazz were given welcome exposure in 1959 and 1960 with Granada's Bandstand. Weekly regulars Ray Ellington, Valerie Masters and Acker Bilk & His Paramount Jazzband were already well known to British audiences, while other British jazz stars like Cleo Laine, Ronnie Scott, Dill Jones, Tony Crombie and Georgia Brown would guest every week.

Talking to TV Times ahead of the first show director Dave Warwick said "Each week we will have at least one great. The first will be Don Lusher, the greatest modern trombonist in the country. The week after it will be Max Geldray, an old friend of Ray Ellington. Then we've booked a veteran star, trumpeter Nat Gonella, followed by Johnnie Gray, a good tenor saxophonist with a flair for comedy." Warwick himself had been a drummer in a dance band and had previously worked on Here's Humph with Humphrey Lyttelton and a series for Ray Ellington.

Despite the credibility of the names in British jazz the series became more watered down towards the end and the regulars left to be replaced by Ted Heath and his Band and pop vocal group The Avons.



17th September 1959 - 23rd March 1960