Oral history of jazz in Britain

Cann, Rita (1 of 9). Oral History of Jazz in Britain

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    Jazz - London, Women jazz musicians

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    Rita Cann's home, near Swiss Cottage, London, UK

  • Interviewees

    Cann, Rita, 1914-2001 (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Wilmer, Val, 1941- (speaker, female)

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    Clark, Christopher, 1952-

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    Born 24 January 1914, Purley, Surrey. Mother from Essex, father from Ghana (Fanti) a merchant and goldsmith. Brothers and sisters. Home in Battersea, same block where Robert Falcon Scott once lived. Moved house often, Henley, Streatham. Attended Streatham Hill High School, unpleasant, angry, prejudice, only black child in the school. Good dancer. Father promoted black performers at Wigmore Hall, including Dorothy Callender, Paul Robeson, Roland Hayes, Lawrence Brown. Black visitors to house: the Ribero family (Spanish/Ghanian).

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