Oral history of jazz in Britain
Horton, Roger (11 of 15). Oral History of Jazz in Britain
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Roger Horton's flat in Central London, UK
Horton, Roger, 1935- (speaker, male)
Burnap, Campbell, 1939- (speaker, male)
Clark, Christopher, 1952-
In 1977 Horton almost sold the club to a consortium led by bandleader Max Collie, who had an American partner related to President Lyndon Johnson. Staff was sacked but the American partner never showed up at the signing. It took a year to pick the club up again. Memories of gigs: Stephane Grapelly a bit difficult to work with. Praise for Joe Turner, Buck Clayton, Charlie Shavers with John Chilton's Swing Kings. Anecdote of Bo Diddley refusing to show up for a gig. Basement club flooded during hard rain, which effected the Soprano Summit featuring Bob Wilbur and Kenny Davern. Anecdote of a would-be burgler who fell from the roof during a Ken Colyer Trust gig; body carried out during performance.