Oral history of jazz in Britain
Green, Dave (1 of 3). Oral history of jazz in Britain
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Green, Dave,. 1942-;Jazz - Great Britain
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Green, Dave, 1942- (speaker, male)
Simons, Andrew (speaker, male)
Born Edgware, Middlesex, 1942. Childhood and family background. BBC Radio and Radio Luxembourg's transcriptions of U.S. 'Chesterfield shows' (early 1950s). Skiffle boom. Acquired a tea-chest bass. Chris Barber and Lonnie Donegan. Harvey Weston. Went to school and lived for a while with Charlie Watts. Pair successfully auditioned for jobs with trumpeter Brian Jones' Band, performing first public gigs in late 1958. Still working fulltime but by 1961 was leading (amateur) trio with Ken Wallbank (piano) and Peter Prince (drums). This led to meetings with professional players such as Bert Courtley, Dick Morrissey, Kenny Wheeler. Green went professional in 1963 in order to join Don Rendell's band, although he could not yet read music. After a stint in Cannes, returned to London and hung around Archer Street, "now coming to the end of its heyday." Gigs with John Marshall, Gordon Beck etc., then joined the Don Rendell-Ian Carr group. The Down Beat club (Old Compton St). The Establishment Club. Met Michael Garrick, Colin Purbrook, Peter McGurk, Dudley Moore. Not tempted by arrival of the beat groups. Jimmy Blanton a "role model". Others included Curtis Counce, Oscar Pettiford, Mingus. 'Jazz 625' TV session with Benny Goodman (1964). Unissued session with Rendell-Carr and arranger Hank Russell (Jan 1964). 1965 tour with Humphrey Lyttelton, Big Joe Turner and Buck Clayton. Modal jazz. Working at Ronnie Scott's, accompanying visiting Americans such as Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins. His love of Ronnie Scott's 'Old Place'. Roland Kirk anecdotes. Zoot Sims and Al Cohn. 'Webster's Dictionary' album with Ben Webster (1970). Gigging at Ronnie Scott's. Norma Winstone. BBC Radio broadcasts. Denis Preston. 'Shades of Blue' album.
Performer notes: Jazz bassist Dave Green interviewed by Andrew Simons.