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Arnold, Sir Malcolm Henry (1921–2006), trumpeter and composer, was born at Fairview, Cliftonville, Northampton, on 21 October 1921, the fourth son and fifth and youngest child of William Arnold, shoe manufacturer, and his wife, Annie, née Hawes. Coincidentally, two other well-known British composers of the twentieth century, ...

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Baker, Kenneth [Kenny] (1921–1999), jazz trumpeter, was born at 73 Queen Street in the east Yorkshire town of Withernsea on 1 March 1921. Both parents were musical: Kenny's father, Herman Baker, a boot- and shoemaker, played the clarinet and saxophone, while his mother, ...

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Barclay, Victor Robert [Bob] (1911–1987), musician and bandleader, was born at 45 Wellington Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, on 10 July 1911, the elder son and eldest of three children of William Bartholomew Barclay, labourer and coalminer, and his wife, Janet Adamson, née Chrystal, factory worker. His father was of ...

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Beckett, Harold Winston [Harry] (1923–2010), jazz trumpeter, was born on 30 May 1923 in St Michael Parish, Barbados, the son of Vivian Cox Beckett, plumber. It was in this British colony that he first heard overseas broadcasts by UK-based bandleaders including Bert Ambrose...

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Blanke, John (fl. 1507–1512), royal trumpeter, was employed as a musician at the courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII, making his first recorded appearance there in 1507. He is thought to have been of African descent, but his age, place of birth, and parentage are unknown. His surname may have originated as a nickname, derived from the word ...

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Brain, Dennis (1921–1957), horn player, was born on 17 May 1921 in London, the son of Aubrey Brain (1893–1955) and his wife, Marion Beeley. He was born into a horn-playing dynasty of which, despite his premature death, he became the most distinguished member. His grandfather was ...

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Carr, Ian Henry Randell (1933–2009), jazz trumpeter and author, was born at Charnwood Maternity Home, Dumfries, on 21 April 1933, the son of Thomas Randell Carr, tea salesman, later company director, and his wife, Phyllis Harriet, née Carr. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Chisholm, George (1915–1997), trombonist, was born at 47 Ardenlea Street, Glasgow, on 29 March 1915, the son of George William Chisholm, woodturning machineman, and his wife, Mary, née Clennachan. His family was musical: his father played drums, his mother the piano, and his two brothers, ...

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Colyer, Kenneth (1928–1988), jazz musician, was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on 18 April 1928, the third son in a family of three sons and two daughters of Kenneth Edward Colyer, a chauffeur and butler, and his wife, Ruby Erhardt (d. c...

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Dankworth, Sir John Philip William [Johnny] (1927–2010), jazz musician and composer, was born at 38 Beech Hall Road, Walthamstow, Essex, on 20 September 1927, the only son and younger child of William Henry Dankworth (1890–1972), sales manager for an electrical insulator works, and his wife, ...

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Hayes, Edward Brian [Tubby] (1935–1973), jazz musician and composer, was born on 30 January 1935 at the Royal Free Hospital, St Pancras, London, the son of Edward Kenneth Hayes, a violinist with the BBC Revue Orchestra, and his wife, Dorothy Kathleen Roche. Tubby...

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Heath, George Edward [Ted] (1902–1969), trombonist and bandleader, was born at 76 Atheldene Road, Wandsworth, London, on 30 March 1902, the son of William George Heath, a journeyman carpenter, and his wife, Phoebe Mary Watling. He was taught to play the tenor horn by his father, who was the band master of the ...

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Hutchinson, Leslie George [known as Leslie Jiver Hutchinson] (1906–1959), trumpeter and bandleader, was born on 18 March 1906 at Hope Road, Cross Roads, St Andrew parish, Jamaica, the only son and the younger child of John Hutchinson, a soldier and farmer, and ...

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Jones, Philip Mark (1928–2000), trumpeter, was born on 12 March 1928 at 44 Rivers Street, Bath, the only son and eldest child of John Jones (1897–1957) and his wife, Mabel Copestake (1905–1980). He came from a family of musicians. His grandfather, his father, and an uncle all played in the ...

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Keane, Ellsworth McGranahan [Shake] (1927–1997), jazz musician and poet, was born on 30 May 1927 in Kingstown, St Vincent, the third son and sixth child among the seven children of Charles E. Keane (d. c.1940/41), a policeman and waterworks mechanic, and his wife, ...

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Love, Geoffrey [Geoff] (1917–1991), popular composer, bandleader, and trombonist, was born on 4 September 1917 in Todmorden, Yorkshire, the only son and younger of the two surviving children of Thomas Edward (Kidd) Love (c.1886–1923/4), a dancer and guitarist, and his wife, ...

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Lyttelton, Humphrey Richard Adeane [Humph] (1921–2008), jazz musician and broadcaster, was born on 23 May 1921 at St Christopher, Eton College, Buckinghamshire, the only son of the Hon. George William Lyttelton (1883–1962), schoolmaster, and his wife, Pamela Marie, née Adeane (1889–1975), a keen amateur musician. He had four sisters. One of his distant relatives, ...

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Mortimer, Harry (1902–1992), cornet and trumpet player and brass band conductor, was born on 10 April 1902 in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, the eldest of the three sons of Fred Mortimer (1879–1953), at that time a cloth maker in a woollen mill, and his wife, ...