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1980s

Jazz is Alive and Well

A new generation of black British musicians helped to reenergise the UK jazz scene, among them pianist Julian Josephs and saxophonists Courtney Pine and Steve Williamson. In 1984, pianist-composer and arranger Django Bates became a founder member of ‘Loose Tubes’, an ensemble which presented a challenging and original fusion of most jazz styles. In 1987, it became the first jazz band to play the BBC Proms. Other significant new arrivals included Julian and Steve Arguelles and Iain Ballamy. The Association of British Jazz Musicians was founded in 1987 and the National Jazz Archive (by trumpeter Digby Fairweather) in 1988. In the UK, jazz recordings provided the basis for a new and flourishing jazz dance movement centred on London.

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