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Cover photograph of jazz musicians Morris Goode and Roger Bell
Contains: 'Souvenir Programme of Australia's First Jazz Convention"
Contains an announcement of the closure of the publishing firm Reed & Harris, publishers of Angry Penguins and Angry Penguins Broadsheet, due to lack of financial resources. These publications were returned to Max Harris, who had bought Angry Penguins to Reed & Harris when the firm was founded.
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Describes what he sees as the degeneration of jazz from its New Orleans roots. Criticises the rise of what he calls orchestral jazz, involving the introduction of written orchestrations and increased instrumentation. Offers critical comments on many jazz bands from the beginning of the twentieth century.
Programme for Australia's first jazz convention, which was to run from Thursday 26 November to Monday 30 December. Venue was the Eureka Hall, 104 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne; Patron: American pianist Art Hodes.
Argues that 'true' jazz has been debased by popular forms such as jive and swing. Discusses a number of New Orleans jazz players and those who came later, including Australian players of 'authentic' jazz.