We may not all be mates but we are brothers and sisters, increasingly dipping into the same bowl of cultural delicacies as opportunity affords. Along the way there are self-appointed gatekeepers who don’t want the recipes altered. But there will always be enlightened outsiders with new spices and the gumbo we know as jazz will be better for it.
The players whose lives are unpacked here happened to black and were very popular in their day because they formed a solidly swinging community. For the evidence, a CD, Black British Swing, was published in 2001 on Topic Records TSCD 781, compiled from a larger collection at the British Library, whose catalogue of enormous holdings is available online. The disc is out of print but used copies and download are easily found.
While this jumble was researched with a smidgen of scholarly approach, the intention was to clear a vividly…
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