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UK music students jam at the Drake Tap Room, 1951

Posted on December 2, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

The Lexington Leader featured a story on the collegiate “bop” craze in February 1951, highlighting a group of University of Kentucky music students jamming at the Drake Tap Room. From left, Harvey Berry on vibes, Bud Wragge and Byron Romanowitz, on sax, Jan Cornett, vocalist, and Bill Watterson, on trumpet. The style of jazz known as “bop” or “bebop” developed in the 1940’s. The UK music students took to developing their sound mostly off campus, but the university agreed to host a “bop”, a progressive jazz concert in the Fine Arts Building that March. UK faculty members agreed to sit in with violins and cellos in a big number with string effects. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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