George Webb was a British pianist considered by many as the father of the revivalist jazz movement in Britain. With his band, George Webb’s Dixielanders, he played regularly and famously at The Red Barn public house at Barnehurst, Kent, from the early 1940s. Among the musicians who played in the Dixielanders at various times were trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton, clarinettist Wally Fawkes and trombonist Eddie Harvey.
The George Webb Collection includes images of the Dixielanders and many other performers at a Riverboat Shuffle on the Thames in the late 1940s and a Floating Festival of Jazz during the 1950s. Among the musicians featured are Cy Laurie, Sonny Morris, Ken Colyer, Terry Lightfoot and Humphrey Lyttelton. Visiting American musicians include George Lewis, Jimmy Rushing, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and blues singer Big Bill Broonzy.