1959 Aylesbury Jazz Club

On 13th January 1959, the Chris Barber Jazz Band played at the gala opening night of the Aylesbury Jazz Club at the Grosvenor Ballroom.

The formation of the new jazz club was the idea of Eddie Friday, manager of the Grosvenor, and Ron Lesley, who had run the Harringay Jazz Club, Ron and his wife Nanda went on to run the Aylesbury Jazz Club, and also the Ipswich Jazz Club.

Chris Barber Aylesbury ad

Chris Barber Aylesbury review

The next artists to appear were Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band and the Ken Colyer Jazzmen – all of which returned later in the year. Acker Bilk played six times during that first year, while Ken Colyer played five times and Chris Barber twice. Other artists appearing included Micky Ashman (6), Cy Laurie (5), Terry Lightfoot (3), Mike Daniels (3), Alex Welsh (2), Kenny Ball and Humphrey Lyttleton.

Micky Ashman had played with Chris Barber and Lonnie Donegan before forming his own band.

Terry Lightfoot obituary – Daily Telegraph

Mike Daniels obituary – Daily Telegraph

The Aylesbury Jazz Club ran on Tuesday evenings at the Grosvenor. Below are details of 45 shows during 1959. For later years, please see separate posts.

Note: there are no details shown between 23rd June and 11th August. The local newspapers – the Bucks Herald and Bucks Advertiser – were not printed between these dates, and it has not been possible to find details from other sources. Can you help plug this gap please?

DateArtist 1
13/1/1959Chris Barber Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson
20/1/1959Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band
27/1/1959Ken Colyer Jazzmen
3/2/1959Micky Ashman Jazzmen
10/2/1959Terry Lightfoot Jazzmen
17/2/1959Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band
24/2/1959Ken Colyer Jazzmen
3/3/1959Cy Laurie Jazzmen
10/3/1959The Graham Stewart Hot 7
17/3/1959Mick Mulligan Band with George Melly
24/3/1959Mike Daniels Delta Jazzmen
31/3/1959Micky Ashman Jazzmen
7/4/1959Ken Colyer Jazzmen
14/4/1959Cy Laurie Jazzmen
21/4/1959Bob Wallis
28/4/1959Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band
5/5/1959Humphrey Lyttleton and his band
12/5/1959Cy Laurie Jazzmen
19/5/1959The Graham Stewart Hot 7
26/5/1959Alex Welsh Dixielanders
2/6/1959Mike Daniels Delta Jazzmen
9/6/1959Micky Ashman Jazzmen
16/6/1959Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band
23/6/1959Bob Wallis's Storyville Jazzmen
11/8/1959Eric Silk and his Southern Jazzmen
18/8/1959Micky Ashman Jazzmen
25/8/1959Dick Charlesworth and His City Gents
1/9/1959Ian Menzies and the Clyde Valley Stompers
8/9/1959Chris Barber Jazzband
15/9/1959Mike Daniels Delta Jazzmen
22/9/1959Eric Silk Southern Jazz Band with Patti Clark
29/9/1959Cy Laurie Jazz Band
6/10/1959Terry Lightfoot's New Orleans Jazzmen
13/10/1959Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band
20/10/1959Ken Colyer Jazzmen
27/10/1959Alex Welsh Dixielanders
3/11/1959Micky Ashman Jazzmen
10/11/1959Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band
17/11/1959Cy Laurie Jazz Band
24/11/1959Kenny Ball Jazzmen
1/12/1959Jack Dupree, Mike Daniels with Doreen Beatty
8/12/1959Sonny Morris Jazz Band
15/12/1959Terry Lightfoot Jazzmen
22/12/1959Ken Colyer Jazzmen
29/12/1959Micky Ashman's Jazz Band

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