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Jazz in the suburbs
Here is one for New Zealand music month.
The 1920s was a time of jazz for the young
and modern of that era.
The word jazz did not quite mean then what it
does now. It was as much about style as a form of
music, and the music was all about dancing.
The one-step, the foxtrot and later the
charleston made the dance floor a much more
To cultural conservatives it was all
unpleasantly noisy, perhaps immoral, and defi-
nitely too American.
The Ace High band, pictured, was one of the
new local acts. In the entertainment pages of late
1925 it advertised a weekly Saturday night dance
at the Masonic Hall in Berhamphore ( Grand Car-
nival Jazz, cool, select, perfect floor ).
Later the band put on dances at Heretaunga
Yacht Club in Petone (with a special bus back to
the railway station not long after midnight).
On Boxing Day, 1925, The Ace High entertained
evening crowds at the popular Lyall Bay carnival.
But by the end of that summer the band had
disappeared. Perhaps it just changed its name, or
got better-paid work accompanying the silent
movies at a local theatre.
It s hard to imagine the band members stopped
playing. They seem to be enjoying themselves so
See previous entries at natlib.govt.nz/
Plea for bright ideas
Do you have a bright idea for a business?
The search is on to find the Wellington
region s vest ideas.
Up for grabs in the 2011 Bright Ideas Chal-
lenge is the chance to win $25,000 start-up capi-
tal and the support to help you turn your idea
into a commercial success.
To enter you need to describe your business
idea in no more than 100 words.
Nigel Kirkpatrick, chief executive of Grow
Wellington, the organisation behind the Bright
Ideas Challenge, said that the Wellington
region was an area of innovation, abuzz with
We re interested in innovative ideas at all
stages of their development, he said.
It could be something from a student in a
research project or a learning institution or
even an idea from within an existing operating
It could be something you ve been working
on for a while or something you ve just dreamed
Last year s challenge drew more than 1200
entries from people aged from 11 to 72.
For information, visit brightideaschallenge.co.nz.
Entries close on June 26.
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