You may think that this is only the seventeenth Manchester Jazz Festival, and in a way it is... but in a way it isn't, because in June 1963 the Daily Mail International Jazz Festival took place in Manchester's very own Belle Vue.
In 1963, then, the event was moved to the more robust surroundings of Belle Vue in Manchester, still organised by Lord Montagu, and now sponsored by the Daily Mail. This brought some of the biggest names in jazz to Manchester, including Dizzy Gillespie, Buck Clayton, Bud Freeman and Joy Marshall from the USA and British bands Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, Chris Barber, Ronnie Scott, Ronnie Ross and the Johnny Dankworth Orchestra. We can only hope that there was not too much disruptive behaviour.
Many thanks to volunteer Paul Carpenter for his research on this blog post.These images are part of the Belle Vue image collection.