TV Pop Diaries
Popular Music on British Television
THE TRAD FAD
1st July 1961 -
Produced by Johnnie Stewart, later tasked by the BBC to help create Top of the Pops, this was an attempt to catch the Traditional Jazz fad in Britain before it faded. The BBC had shows like Jazz Session and coverage of the Beaulieu Jazz Festival the year before and many of the genres top acts were incredibly popular across all medias, live, records and broadcasting.
Jazz clubs had sprung up all across the country after the war led by bandleaders
like Ken Colyer, Chris Barber, Mick Mulligan and Humphrey Littleton who over the
next decade would be responsible for the first great British post-
The series was initially introduced by Brian Matthew, but later replaced by Alan Dell.
Eight shows were originally commissioned but a further four were broadcast proving it must have been successful. ATV would follow in 1962 with All That Jazz, a slightly watered down version with pop singers crooning jazz standards.
One edition of The Trad Fad appears to be located at the Library of Congress in the USA.
The show has also been seen with an alternate title The Trad Fad and All That Jazz.