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Thread #106399   Message #2393530
Posted By: Stringsinger
20-Jul-08 - 01:38 PM
Thread Name: Long-time british jazz musicians
Subject: RE: Long-time british jazz musicians
I think that the recognition of internationally known jazz musicians from other countries
is fair. One of my favorite British musicians who has influenced the world of jazz is the
composer/songwriter and conductor Ray Noble who has penned classic jazz standards.

I think in fairness that Britain was foremost to appreciate American jazz while it was
being denigrated here in the US in the Twenties and early thirties. The skiffle movement in England brought to prominence and recognition of early African-American musicians who were forgotten in their own country.

George Shearing was an accomplished British born jazz musician. Marion McPartland born in a small English village near Windsor Castle is one of the internationally established jazz pianists as well.

How about the controversial Leonard Feather, a British-born jazz pianist, composer, and producer who was best known for his music journalism and other writing?

Dis Disley might have been mentioned as an exponent of Django-style "Hot Club jazz".

Jazz has transcended national boundaries and because of emissaries such as Louis Armstrong, it now belongs to the world.

Frank Hamilton