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Digby Fairweather

revised by Howard Rye and Barry Kernfeld

(b Wivelsfield, nr Haywards Heath, England, March 20, 1927). English multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and discographer. He learned piano briefly as a child, took up drums in school and guitar during army service in Austria (1945–8), and played banjo in a quartet before working with Mick Mulligan from October 1948. One month after taking up trombone in 1949 he joined the Crane River Jazz Band, with which he remained until spring 1951 and recorded in 1953. He played with the cornetist Steve Lane (1952), Cy Laurie (late 1954), and Sandy Brown (1955 – summer 1956), at which time he began doubling on alto saxophone; his trombone playing can be heard on Brown’s Africa Blues (1955, Tempo A128). He then joined Acker Bilk (for three months in late 1957), for whom he played alto saxophone and guitar, and led his own band. His principal later associations were as trombonist with and arranger for the Temperance Seven (...

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Colette Simonot

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(b Columbus, OH, Sept 7, 1956). American Singer, pianist, and music archivist. He has been one of the premier interpreters of American standards. More than an entertainer, he has been dedicated to preserving the repertoire of the great American songbook. Feinstein first studied piano at the age of five but soon quit his lessons, preferring to play by ear. As a teenager he performed at weddings and parties in Columbus, Ohio, and after high school he played in local piano bars. In 1976 he moved to Los Angeles and met Ira Gershwin, who hired Feinstein to help catalog his phonograph collection and organize archival materials. For the next six years, Feinstein was Gershwin’s musical assistant, working with him to preserve the Gershwin family’s musical legacy. Through his relationship with Gershwin, Feinstein earned access to many unpublished songs by Gershwin, several of which he has since performed and recorded. After Gershwin’s death in ...

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(b Aug 1927; d Copenhagen, Aug 24, 1981). Danish discographer. As a member of the staff of Orkester journalen from 1953 to 1965 he wrote a regular column and compiled discographies of such musicians as Clifford Brown, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Art Pepper, Benny Carter, and Cecil Taylor; in all he contributed more than 100 discographies to this journal and to English, American, French, and Belgian periodicals. From the late 1950s he also compiled discographies that were published separately; these cover the careers of Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Fats Navarro, Brown, and others. His most important work, Jazz Records, 1942–[1969] (1963–70), was the first widely available general jazz discography to give information on recordings of the postwar era.

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A Discography of Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown (Brande, Denmark, 1960) Jazz Records, 1942–[1969]: a Discography, v, vi (Copenhagen, 1963); vii, viii, i–iva (Holte, Denmark, 1964–8); iv...

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Robert Gannon

(Arthur Lovell )

(b London, March 19, 1922). English discographer. He began collecting records at the age of five and from 1945 to 1960 worked in the gramophone library at the BBC, where he supervised the selection of recordings for broadcast; at the same time he wrote reviews of recordings for The Gramophone (1948–70). From 1960 he worked as a freelance writer of articles, liner notes, and discographies, all on early jazz, and from 1973 to 1984 he was the host of the program “Mardi Gras” for Capital Radio in London. His Jazz Records (1961) is the definitive discography of early jazz.

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with W. C. Allen: King Joe Oliver (Belleville, NJ, 1955) with R. Harris: Recorded Jazz: a Critical Guide (Harmondsworth, England, 1958) [listeners’ guide] Jazz Records, i: 1897–1931 (Hatch End, nr London, 1961, 2/1962 with index by R. Grandorge); ii: 1932–1942 (Hatch End, 1965); i, ii, as ...