Oral history of jazz in Britain

Wright, Denny. (2 of 8). Oral history of Jazz in Britain

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  • Recording date

    1989-7-17 and 1989-10-16

  • Recording locations

    Denny Wright's home, north London, UK

  • Interviewees

    Wright, Denny, 1924-1992 (speaker, male), Fairweather, Digby, 1946- (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Clark, Christopher, 1952-

  • Abstract

    Part 2. Anecdote about Phil Green and his wife. Memories of performing at the Falado Club; first place bebop music was heard in Britain; drug-taking in British jazz at the time – deleterious effects of pot on DW’s playing; hard-drug use and alcoholism in the scene; police raids of jazz club for drugs, instrumental in the Falado losing its licence. Influence of George Shearing on scene’s piano players; DW’s own piano playing, live and in studio. DW on his guitar technique – inspired by Reinhart and records, but almost entirely self-taught; use of thumb in his playing. DW’s enforced departure from the UK; toured Italy and Egypt for eighteen months; begins to learn Latin style of playing. Playing briefly with Humphrey Lyttleton; joins Latin section of BBC showband; at the same time as starting his own band, also session work.

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