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Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold (1921–2006) by Erich Auerbach, 1961 Getty Images

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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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Sir John Philip William Dankworth (1927–2010) by unknown photographer, 1962 © Rex Features

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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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Edward Brian Hayes (1935–1973) by unknown photographer Redferns

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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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Geoffrey Love (1917–1991) by Derek Allen, 1955 © Derek Allen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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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, ...