All night jazz comes to Aylesbury

In November 1959, the first all night jazz event was held at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Aylesbury. Such events were nothing new to the jazz scene – they had been going on in London for many years – but this was definitely something new for Aylesbury.

The Bucks Advertiser reported on November 6, 1959:

All Night licence

The first event featured Micky Ashman, Dave Nelson’s Marlborough Jazz Band, Bob Wallis’s Storyville Jazz Band and the Alberts Jazz Band. The Bucks Advertiser reported that 550 jazz fans attended:

Aylesbury Jazz All Nighter

Further all-nighters were held at the Grosvenor:

29th January 1960 – Cy Laurie, Micky Ashman, Dick Charlesworth, Sonny Morris

25th March 1960 – Cy Laurie, Bob Willis, Dave Nelson, Terry Lightfoot

20th May 1960 – Acker Bilk

12th August 1960 – Kenny Ball, Terry Lightfoot, Ken Barton, Sim-Wheeler Vintage Jazz Band

16th September 1960 – Kenny Ball, Micky Ashman, Bob Wallis, Dave Nelson

10th March 1961 – Kenny Ball, Terry Lightfoot, Micky Ashman, Eric Alandale

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