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Jenkins, Edmund Thornton (1894–1926), composer and jazz musician, was born on 9 April 1894 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, one of eight sons and three daughters of Daniel Joseph Jenkins (1862–1937), Baptist minister, and his wife, Lena, née James (1865–1912). His father's efforts for his fellow African-Americans placed the family in a musical environment, for practical tuition at the ...

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Rimmer, William (1861–1936), bandmaster and composer, was born in Southport and was to live there for the whole of his life. Encouraged by his father, Thomas Rimmer, bandmaster of the local volunteer regiment, to develop his musical skills, he learned the piano at the age of nine, joined the band as drummer at fifteen, and emerged as an accomplished cornet player by his early twenties. The brass-band movement, whose heartland lay in the textile and mining communities of ...