Leonard Feather

(1914—1994) jazz writer and promoter

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b. 13 September 1914, London, England, d. 22 September 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA. After studying piano, Feather advanced his musical interests by teaching himself arranging and in the early 30s produced a number of record sessions, contributing charts and scores. Among the musicians for whom he worked in such capacities was Benny Carter and he was instrumental in persuading Henry Hall to hire Carter for the BBC Dance Orchestra. In the mid-30s Feather went to the USA and during the next decade he continued to work in record production, sometimes supplying original material for artists such as Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton (‘Blowtop Blues’) and Dinah Washington (‘Evil Gal Blues’). Feather also branched into concert promotion and produced numerous recording sessions. Additionally, he continued to compose songs for artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Cannonball Adderley and Sonny Stitt.


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