Rob kindly sends this link to an article about important jazz venues in England.
A quote of interest,
A history of the Dixieland band the first band to have hit jazz recordings says that they played their great hits Tiger Rag and Ostrich Walk at the palace before an audience including the king and the French marshal Philippe Pétain. The band's leader and cornet player, Nick LaRocca, recalled that the guests looked through their lorgnettes "as though there were bugs on us" and appeared petrified until the king laughed and applauded energetically.
George V must have enjoyed the experience because jazz artists subsequently played at the palace several times during his reign, including Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong, who reputedly dedicated one number to the king with the words: "This one's for you, Rex."
Nevertheless it was his son, Edward VIII, who was a more obvious fan.
Indeed, George V's son, the Prince of Wales, was a jazz fan. Not only that, but he ws also a tango fan.
"By that time they [tango singer Roberto Maida and bandoneon player, composer, band leader Manuel Pizarro] signed a contract for seven months to appear at the Savoy Hotel in London. There Maida met again the Prince of Wales, whom he had met in Biarritz [France] and who was a tango fan. Maida tells us that the Englishman sometimes caught a bandoneon from the bandstand and played a few chords of "Buen Amigo," a tango tune he liked very much. The Prince of Wales used to go every Thursday to dance tango and everybody there used to follow him to the dance track but the other days of the week they were hardly allowed to play a tango piece and nobody danced it."
Another connection to tango. In August 1924, the Prince of Wales visited Buenos Aires and heard Carlos Gardel, tango's foremost singer.
And finally, the connection to Bix via Paul Whiteman.
The Julio de Caro Orchestra later received a recording contract from RCA Victor and, in April 1925, performed for Edward, the Prince of Wales. U.S. jazz bandleader Paul Whiteman introduced de Caro to the violin-cornet, later that year. The device (a violin with a cornet horn at one end) had been invented for radio performances for its ability to project sound above the rest of the orchestra, and the conductor soon found it an indispensable tool.
By the way, Julio De Caro was the composer of "Buen Amigo," the tango that the Prince of Wales liked very much. Here is a modern interpretation of "Buen Amigo."
See De Caro with his horn violin.
and listen to De Caro's band with De Caro playing his horn violin.
Not really a Stroh violin, but one bulil for De Caro by Victor technicians by adding a horn to a violin.