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Jazz halls are springing up like mushrooms all over London. Every available building is snapped up by a syndicate, largely composed of. American business men, and converted as' speedily as possible into places where men and women can dance far . into 'the njght. How decorators and electricians and bands are requisitioned so quickly 1 remains a mystery, but big bare buildings, store-rooms,, or garages of to-day may be rose-painted, pinkshaded jazz halls of to-morrow, and a few nights after filled with dancers. "Three new night clubs are preparing to open for the season," said a well-known nighb dub proprietor, early in February, "but the vogue and prosperity of night flubs are really threatened by these jazz halls, because they have all the advantages. They do not pay a liquor tax as they sell only 'soft' drmks. and they do not pay an entertainment tax. They open their doors about eleven and dance until three. No tickets are cold at the door, so dancers must buy their tickets in advance. These can be obtained at a variety of places at prices' ranging from £2 2s to 30* for each couple. Most of the jazz halls get. an average of from 250 to 300 people nightly, and the weekly profits, of one place I know of are from £1200 to £1800 per week. So. universal ia the jazz dance craze that I am arranging to open a jazz, hall where people who want to dance but deal in shillings rather than pounds, can have their chance. The day is coming when the jazz hiyll will rival the kinema theatre as a place for women to spend an hour or so between shopping trips and engagements for tea, or between tea and dinner." . . .-

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FORTUNES FROM "JAZZ.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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FORTUNES FROM "JAZZ." Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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