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Irish Rhythm Club

Alphabetically printed index tabs at foredge of pages with mss. alphabetised entries with names and addresses of members.Loosely inserted is 6pp. with most of the names and addresses in pencil crossed out. The name os the treasurer at an address at Sandycove Point, Dublin is in his own hand on front flyleaf. The No. 1. Rhythm Club, Dublin was formed in 1944. The concept of rhythm clubs, which started in Britain, denoted gatherings of jazz enthusiasts who would meet to listen to and discuss jazz recordings. Their popularity grew rapidly from 1933 onwards, with ninety-eight clubs formed in the London area by the end of 1935. The first meeting of the No. 1 Rhythm Club occurred on 10 February 1944 when nearly a hundred jazz enthusiasts met at The Broadway Café, Lower O?Connell Street, Dublin. Its meetings were held fortnightly and featured both performances by local musicians and ?record recitals?, but the club closed ?after some years? due to financial difficulties. The Honorary Secretary, James C. Butler, well-known in Dublin as a teacher of ballroom dancing, expressed his delight at the formation of the club. In addition to Butler, Andy Flynn and six others, Ismay Browne was also on the committee. Ismay Browne was one of three Browne siblings who were involved in the formative Irish jazz scene: Ivor, Val and Ismay played trumpet, clarinet and banjo respectively and held jam sessions at their Sandycove home in south Dublin at the time when the ?jazz revival proper hit Dublin in the forties. The narrative of jazz as a serious art form appears already established at this stage with The Bray Tribune & The People?s Weekly stating: ?all were supporters of good Jazz and the exclusion of those interested in jitterbugging was explicitly laid down?. In the same month, The Irish Times also mentioned the No. 1 Irish Rhythm Club, reporting on more than seventy young people, mostly under the age of twenty, sitting in orderly rows around an electric gramophone while three young men ?presented a series of about ten records each, choosing different themes to illustrate their point?. In Ireland of that time there was considerable wariness and concern in bodies such as Conradh na Gaelilge, the Catholic Church based on a perception that Jazz was somehow immoral. This index book contains over 100 entries with names and addresses of Dublin Jazz afficionados from the 1940’s. It is unique. N° de ref. del artículo 020779

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