Oral history of jazz in Britain
Henderson, Russell. (2 of 4). Oral history of Jazz in Britain
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Jazz - West Indies, Jazz - Great Britain
Interviewee's home, London, UK
Henderson, Russell, 1924- (male)
Wilmer, Val, 1941- (female)
Part 2. Russell Henderson comments on how he's never been out of work. West Indian musicians in London, early 50s. Sunset club. Work with George Roberts. Mostly Latin music jobs. Edmundo Ros. Robin Jones. Carib club. Began playing at Coleherne (ca. early 1960s) with other West Indian musicians every Sunday. Other Coleherne visitors: Joe Harriott, Shake Keane, Eric Allandale (West Indian trombonist). Cab Kaye. Calypso recordings, mostly for Melodisc. Also recorded with Eddie Durham. Film and pop video appearances. Joe Harriott - "a fiend for practise." Co-led group with John Surman (late 60s). Chris McGregor, Mongezi Feza. London music clubs: Nucleus club and Denis Preston. Sissy's rehearsal club (Archer Street). Tap dancer Teddy. Abalabi club (Berwick Street). Brewster Hughes.
Performer notes: Jazz pianist and steel pan drummer, Russ Henderson, interviewed by Val Wilmer at Henderson's London home, 14th October 1993.