Story: Jazz and dance bands

Saturday night dance, Dunedin, 1950s

Saturday night dance, Dunedin, 1950s

The enormous popularity of public dancing is evident from this photo of a Saturday night dance at the Dunedin Town Hall, probably in early 1955. Large and enthusiastic crowds like this kept numbers of musicians in regular employment and encouraged the development of a thriving jazz scene.

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Otago Daily Times
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Chris Bourke, 'Jazz and dance bands - Early New Zealand jazz bands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 June 2024)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014