Oral history of jazz in Britain

Chilkes, Jack. (2 of 4). Oral history of jazz in Britain

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  • Interviewees

    Chilkes, Jack 1922-2004 (male)

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    Simons, Andrew (male)

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    Simons, Andrew

  • Abstract

    Part 2. Spells with bands of Teddy Foster and (later) Carl Barriteau. Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson's band. Bands of Sydney Lipton and Henry Hall. Influence of certain US jazz records. First impressions of bebop. Record exchange arrangements with people in US. Carlo Krahmer's acetate collection and dubbing facility in his West End basement flat. Began experimenting with bebop at the Fullado Club, closed following police raid (1947). Modern jazz scene continued at Club Eleven. Attitudes to bop. Drink and drug use. Tommy Pollard. Ronnie Scott. Difficulty of making a living from jazz. Need to double on more than one woodwind. Ca. 1949/50 was tricked into forming record company with Emile Shalit, who told Chilkes he owned the rights to material owned by other companies, resulting in legal action. Involvement of Moses Asch and Norman Granz. Chilkes' labels Oriole (initially) then Melodisc. Left business in 1953.

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    Performer notes: Tenor saxophonist and Melodisc label manager, Jack Chilkes, interviewed by Andrew Simons, 29th September 1994.

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