The Chris Barber Jazz Band unpacks instruments and rehearses at North London’s Wood Green Jazz Club. Londoners finish their work and prepare for a night of fun. (Credits)
A young crowd gathers at the club. Teddy Boys drink, fraternize, and flirt with girls as patrons dance. Rich kids arrive; and are standoffish from the mostly working-class crowd.
A singer joins the band as it switches to a blues ballad. Some couples slow dance, while others snuggle and kiss. One couple has an argument before making up. The band returns to playing fast-paced music.
Credits: Momma Don't Allow
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This lively Free Cinema short captures a night out at the Wood Green Jazz Club, where teenagers jive to trad jazz. Funded by the BFI Experimental Film Fund, it was filmed over the course of nine Saturdays by Karel Reisz, then programmer of the National Film Theatre, and a young BBC television director called Tony Richardson.
Length: 22 minutes
Copyright date: ©1956
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