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date: 21 January 2020

Traill, (Eric) Sinclair [Sinc ]locked

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(b Camborne, England, Dec 1904; d Brighton, England, Jan 10, 1981). English writer and editor. After a brief career in banking he began to write about jazz, and with Bill Elliott he developed the feature “Collector’s Corner” for Melody Maker. During World War II he served with the RAF in India, where he produced a program for the radio network of the armed forces, reviewed records for the Forces magazine Victory, and, most significantly, arranged and supervised a series of unaccompanied piano recordings by Teddy Weatherford. He then moved to London, where from 1946 to 1947 he published the magazine Pick Up. He is best known for having edited Jazz Journal (from 1977 known as Jazz Journal International) from May 1948 until his death. As an editor Traill won respect for his taste, tact, fairness, humor, and considerable flamboyance.

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