Leslie George Hutchinson

(1906—1959) trumpeter and bandleader

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b. 18 March 1906, Crossroads, St. Andrews, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 22 November 1959, Weeting, Norfolk, England. Schooled on the trumpet in Jamaica’s West India Regiment army band, Hutchinson appeared in London with them at the 1924 Empire Exhibition, Wembley. Fellow WIR bandsman Louis Stephenson had moved to England in 1935 with saxophonist Bertie King and pianist Yorke de Souza, and in 1936 Hutchinson followed, joining them in drummer Happy Blake’s band at Soho’s Cuba Club. He played with trumpeter Leslie Thompson’s Emperors Of Jazz, who were fronted by dancer Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson, then recorded and performed intermittently with Johnson’s West Indian Dance Orchestra when the dancer took over the leadership. At Mayfair’s Florida Club he played with Nigerian pianist Fela Sowande and led the same band in the Rialto film Traitor Spy (1939). During the war he played with leading dance bands, attaining prominence as star soloist with Geraldo and broadcasting frequently.


From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.

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