Jazz To The Rescue

In 1953, no American musicians were allowed to perform here.

Then, for one night only, stars including Ella Fitzgerald and Lester Young played a Flood Relief charity concert in London.

John Fordham revisits this historic night, with the memories of legendary pianist Oscar Peterson, and Pete King, who runs Ronnie Scott's jazz club.

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In 1953, no American musicians were allowed to perform here.

Then, for one night only, stars including Ella Fitzgerald and Lester Young played a Flood Relief charity concert in London.

John Fordham revisits this historic night, with the memories of legendary pianist Oscar Peterson, and Pete King, who runs Ronnie Scott's jazz club.John Fordham looks back to when American artists were banned from performing in the UK.

A look back to when American artists were banned from performing in the UK and jazz stars took to the stage for one night only.

John Fordham recalls the buzz of a 1953 charity concert by American artists, during a ban of them performing in the UK.

John Fordham looks back to when American artists were banned from performing in the UK.