Since the revival of classical jazz in the UK was a success it had many fathers. We’ll start with George Webb’s Dixielanders, formed in 1941, who played in pubs in and around London. South: the comments on the youtube suggest the recording to be from 1946/7.
According to the Telegraph (when it was still a respectable paper): “The movement Webb created, which grew steadily in the late 1940s, led directly to the “trad boom” of the late 1950s and early 1960s in which he also played a leading part, first as pianist and bandleader and later as agent and promoter.”
Here they are with Kid Ory’s Muskrat Ramble in around 1948.
Humphrey Lyttelton, trumpeter, newly demobbed Grenadier Guards officer, and fresher art student was soon invited to become a permanent member. In 1948 the Dixielanders folded and Webb joined Lyttelton’s newly-formed band as pianist. Here’s their live 1954 Sister Kate.
Humph’s one chart hit was Bad Penny Blues (1956),with Johnny Parker on piano.
Two “fathers” down, two to go. Context: the prewar flow of visiting American jazzmen was largely halted by the Musicians’ Union. (Boo! BOO!) ‘A.C. Mitchell, the Union’s general organiser … said: “we have had a job with the American jazz bands and if we allow this to continue we shall find the country flooded with American jazz bands again.”’ In those days Australian citizens were automatically British citizens too (the archaic term used was ‘subjects’) and that presumably explains why Graeme Bell’s Dixieland Jazz Band could include Britain on their European tour. Here’s their Panama of 1947.
The astute observer will have remarked that there are Czechoslovakian fingerprints on that record. As Wikipedia explains “1946–1948: The country was governed by a coalition government… 1948–1989: The country became … became a socialist state, a satellite state of the Soviet Union.” So the band took a narrow window of opportunity. After Prague they toured the Continent before basing themselves in London for long enough to be reckoned a seminal influence on the revival. Here they are back in Oz in 1949 with Jelly’s Wolverine Blues.
The fourth “father” Ken Colyer was called by his fans “the guvnor”; he was not an especially good trumpeter but was a pretty good musician. He formed his Crane River Jazz Band in ’49. Here’s their I’m Travelling from ’51.
Colyer decided that there was one way he could learn to play in the original New Orleans style, so he rejoined the Merchant Navy, jumped ship in Mobile, Alabama, and travelled to New Orleans, where he played with his idols in George Lewis’ band. He learnt a lot, he said, from Bunk. Here’s Blame It On the Blues by The Ken Colyer Jazzmen from (probably) 1957.
There’s lots of Ken on youtube, much of it lovely stuff. Here’s his rather touching last recording: Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams recorded in Stockhom in 1986.