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Adler, Lawrence Cecil [Larry] (1914–2001), harmonica player and composer, was born on 10 February 1914 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, the son of Louis Adler, plumber, and his wife, Sadie Hack. His family were of Russian descent and changed their name from Zelakovitch to ...

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Ball, Kenneth Daniel [Kenny] (1930–2013), trumpeter, was born at 30 Mayesbrook Road, Ilford, Essex, on 22 May 1930, the youngest of nine children of James Daniel Ball (1888–1986), printer and master bookbinder, and his wife, Ethel Louise, née Glithero (1886–1962), a dressmaker at the time of her marriage. He took up the harmonica at ten, learned the bugle while a member of the ...

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Barriteau, Carl Aldric Stanley (1914–1998), clarinettist and bandleader, was born on 7 February 1914 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the elder son and eldest of four children of Josiah Stanley Barriteau, stenographer and journalist, and his wife, May (b. c.1894). Both parents were Trinidadian. He spent his early childhood in ...

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Brymer, John Alexander [Jack] (1915–2003), clarinettist, was born on 27 January 1915 at 92 South Woodbine Street, South Shields, co. Durham, son of John Alexander Brymer, builder, and his wife, Mary, née Dixon. An autodidact, he became interested in the clarinet at the age of four, after finding one of his father's old instruments lying around the house. With his father's music-making in his ears, he progressed quickly and played with a military band when he was eleven. While still at ...

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Cole, Grace Elizabeth Agnes Annie [Gracie] (1924–2006), trumpeter, was born at Ivy Cottage, Rowlands Gill, co. Durham, on 8 September 1924, the only child of Albert Ernest Cole (1904–1986), miner and musician, and his wife, Elsie, née Lee (1905–1972). Her four first names were those of two grandmothers and two great-grandmothers. Her father played cornet in colliery bands in ...

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Craxton, Janet Helen Rosemary (1929–1981), oboist and teacher, was born on 17 May 1929 at 8 Grove End Road, London, the only daughter and the youngest of the six children of (Thomas) Harold Hunt Craxton (1885–1971) and his wife, Essie May Faulkner (1890–1977)...

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Fischer, Johann Christian (1733–1800), oboist and composer, was born in Freiburg im Breisgau. Little is known of his early life, but Burney reports that he was 'brought up at one of the common reading schools … where all the children learn music, with reading and writing' (...

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Goossens, Léon Jean (1897–1988), oboist, was born on 12 June 1897 in Liverpool, the third of three sons and the fourth of five children of the conductor Eugène Goossens (1867–1958), himself the son of Eugène Goossens (1845–1906), conductor of the Carl Rosa Opera Company...

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Green, Bernard [Benny] (1927–1998), jazz saxophonist, writer, and broadcaster, was born at 260 Meanwood Road, Leeds, on 9 December 1927. His father, David Green, was a tailor and saxophonist and had met his mother, Fanny Fryer, while he was playing with a band in ...

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Gregory, William (d. 1663), flautist, was appointed as flautist at the English court by warrant of 20 February 1626, following the death of James Harden; he was paid from Christmas 1625. Gregory served in the wind group until it was disbanded in 1642. He is named among members of the ...

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Hamilton, Raphael Thomas [Andy] (1918–2012), saxophonist, bandleader, and community leader, was born on 26 March 1918 at Port Maria, Jamaica, the only child of Michael Hamilton, a farmer and butcher, and his wife, Miller. He grew up in Port Maria on the north coast of the island, where he formed a vocal group as a child and played the traditional Jamaican instrument, the bamboo saxophone, a straight pipe with sound-holes, a flared bell, and a single reed, similar to the north African double-reed ...

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Harriott, (Arthurlin) Joseph [Joe] (1928–1973), saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, was born on 15 July 1928 in Linstead, St Catherine, Jamaica, the first son and the eldest of the three children of Raphael Garfield Harriott, a professional gambler, and Muriel Scarlet or Scarlett (...

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King, Dame Thea (1925–2007), clarinettist and pianist, was born on 26 December 1925 at The Maples, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, the daughter of Henry Walter Mayer King, agricultural engineer and company director, and his wife, Dorothea Louisa, née Hass, both of 9 Balmoral Road, Hitchin...

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Laidlaw, Daniel Logan (1875–1950), soldier and piper, was born in Little Swinton, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, Berwickshire, on 26 July 1875, one of the three sons of Robert Laidlaw, a quarryman and later engine driver, of Coldingham, Berwickshire, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Robert Logan...

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Lampe, John Frederick (1702/3–1751), composer and bassoonist, of unknown parentage, was said to be a native of Saxony (Burney, Hist. mus., 2.1001), and, according to his tombstone epitaph, was born in late 1702 or early 1703. Lampe's treatise A Plain and Compendious Method of Teaching Thorough Bass...

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MacNeill, Seumas [Seamas, James] (1917–1996), bagpiper and authority on piping, was born James McNeill on 12 September 1917 at 32 Dowanhill Street, Partick, Glasgow, the second of the three children of James McNeill (1883–1953), whose family came from the island of Gigha, and his wife, ...

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Nicholson, Charles (1795–1837), flautist, son of the flautist Charles Nicholson, was born at Liverpool. He was taught by his father and went to London when quite young. He became principal flute at Drury Lane and then at Covent Garden, and from about 1832 he was principal flute to the ...

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Phillips, Simon Isidore [Sid] (1907–1973), clarinettist and musical arranger, was born at 11 Clark Street, Mile End, London, on 14 June 1907, one of at least four sons of Joseph Phillips, a tailor's baster, and his wife, Esther Marder. He first became seriously interested in music at the age of seven and studied the violin and piano. ...

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Reilly, Thomas Rundle [Tommy] (1919–2000), harmonica player, was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, on 21 August 1919, the son of Captain James Reilly, a military bandmaster. His father was a versatile musician who not only conducted symphony orchestras but was also the founder of one of ...

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Scott, Ronald [Ronnie] (1927–1996), jazz saxophonist and nightclub owner, was born at the Mothers' Home, 396 Commercial Road, Stepney, London, on 28 January 1927, the son of Joseph Schatt (also known as Jock Scott), a saxophonist and orchestra leader, and his wife, Sylvia (Cissie) Rosenbloom (...