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Uncle Albert

May 27, 2013

jazz in albert park 1In August 1954 there was a fuss about jazz concerts about to take place in Albert Park, Auckland. The comments of the city councillors seem quaint now – especially those of the wonderfully named Hon T. Bloodworth. But similar attitudes would continue till the late 1960s, when Albert Park became the scene of “Jumping Sundays” – in which students and freaks protested their right to use the park – until 10 years later, when concerts in the park by groups such as Hello Sailor, Toy Love and Th’ Dudes were briefly commonplace. Among those arguing for the concerts in 1954 were the academic Ken Cumberland of Landmarks TV fame, and Eric Westbrook, director of the Auckland art gallery. Future mayor Dove Myer Robinson wanted to know what the legal definition was for “jazz”. When permission was granted, the Herald’s cartoonist Minhinnick responded.

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