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We have lost another link with those great days of jazz music.

ANOTHER link with the great days of jazz in Cardiff in the 1950s and 1960s left us this month: Johnny Dankworth.

The television company TWW put out at 11 in the evening each week an hour of live jazz from their studios in Sophia Gardens and, via our friend and colleague Eric George, we attended these.

The heavy cameras pushed through our crowd as we jived.

As soon as the final credits had rolled, the band finished in mid note and within two minutes we were all out and on our way home.

Something to do with extra payment after midnight I suppose!

In that era jazz was everywhere - from the basement of the Philharmonic to concerts at Sophia Gardens Pavilion and the Empire and Capitol cinemas, the City Hall and the dance halls.

Among those we saw were Humph, Chris Barber, Acker Bilk, Eric Delaney, MJQ, Alex Welsh, Kenny Ball, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, although we had to travel to Bristol to see the legendary Satchmo.

Great days and nights and I'm glad I was there.

Geoff Bray Ridgeway Road, Rumney, Cardiff


Pictured on March 15, 1967 at rehearsals for a performance of Walton's Facade are, from left, Cleo Laine, Johnny Dankworth and Annie Ross. The concert opened the Cardiff Festival of 20th Century Music at City Hall
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 16, 2010
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