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Club Eleven was a nightclub located in London between 1948 and 1950. Despite being in business for only two years, the club played a significant role in in the early history of British bebop, a form of modern jazz.

The club was so named because it had 11 founders - business manager Harry Morris and ten British bebop musicians. It was first opened at 41 Great Windmill Street in Soho in 1948, and had two house bands, one led by Ronnie Scott and the other by John Dankworth. Scott's sidemen included Tony Crombie, Lennie Bush, Tommy Pollard, and Hank Shaw, while Dankworth's included Leon Calvert, Bernie Fenton, Joe Muddell, and Laurie Morgan. When Scott toured the U.S., Don Rendell filled his spot. Denis Rose organized many of the activities at the club. In 1950 the club moved to 50 Carnaby Street, but shuttered a few months after the move as a consequence of a police raid.

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