Oral history of jazz in Britain
Geldard, Bill. (1 of 4). Oral history of jazz in Britain
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Jazz - Great Britain
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Geldard, Bill, 1929- (male)
Simons, Andrew (male)
Part 1. Born in Spennymoor, Co. Durham, 1929. Parents encouraged him to learn trombone (aged 9), and by age 13 was playing in a local brass band. Charity concerts during WW2. Left school at 14 to work in ordnance factory, joining works dance band. Influence of Joe Nanton and Tommy Dorsey. From ca. 1946 worked in dance band at Butlins holiday camp until called up for national service. Invited to join RAF Central Band, as well as the No. 1 Regional Band (formerly Fighter Command Band) at a base near Blackpool. Soon after, was returned to Uxbridge and signed on for five years. Studied George Evans' postal course in arranging and in 1949 joined Evans' new band. While in RAF had worked on occasional basis with Tommy Sampson's Orchestra. Broadcast regularly with Evans band. Dance hall restrictions on modern-styled dancing.
Performer notes: Trombonist Bill Geldard interviewed by Andrew Simons, 1st December 1994.