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George Chisholm

(1915—1997) trombonist


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b. 29 March 1915, Glasgow, Scotland, d. 6 December 1997, Milton Keynes, England. In his early 20s Chisholm arrived in London, where he played trombone in the popular dance bands led by Teddy Joyce and Ambrose. Inspired originally by recordings of Jack Teagarden, Chisholm naturally gravitated towards the contemporary jazz scene and was thus on hand for informal sessions and even the occasional recording session with visiting American stars such as Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins and Fats Waller. During World War II he played with the Royal Air Force’s dance band, the Squadronaires, with whom he remained in the post-war years. Later he became a regular studio and session musician, playing with several of the BBC’s house bands (including The Goon Show). In the late 50s and on through the 60s Chisholm’s exuberant sense of humour led to a succession of television appearances in The Black And White Minstrel Show, both as musician and comic, and if his eccentric dress, black tights and George Robey-style bowler hat caused jazz fans some displeasure, the music he played was always excellent. During this period he made many records with leading British and American jazz artists including Sandy Brown and Wild Bill Davison.

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From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.


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