Taking place in the Barbican's Music Library the exhibition will showcase rare and unique material including posters, programmes and photos from 1919 – 1950. Discover the social and cultural impact of jazz and its relationship with World War II. Get to know the stories of the people behind the music; how a machine gun maker went on to form one of the country's greatest jazz bands and about the untimely death of poor 'Snakehips' Johnson.
Original material on display includes photos and programmes relating to The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Humphrey Lyttelton and Glenn Miller. On Tuesday evenings staff from the National Jazz Archive will be on hand to offer visitors the opportunity to handle archive material (Tuesday March 11, 18, 35 and April 1, 8, 15, 29). The Library is fully accessible by wheelchair.