New, expanded and updated edition of the best comprehensive survey of who's who of British jazz musicians. Over 900 biographies detail the work of musicians from every era of British jazz, ranging from those who played professionally before 1920 at the dawn of jazz in Britain, through to today's younger stars. Contains new information on the early careers of those who became famous and the chronological listing of events in each subject's life sheds new light on the development of jazz in Britain. Thousands of facts are presented and some popular myths dispelled. Veteren musicians have been traced, even those who have left the profession or emigrated have been included. One of the most fully documented sources on the jazz musicians of any country outside the USA and a treasury of information covering every jazz style. John Chilton divides his time between plaging his trumpet (his band The Feetwarmers backed singer George Melly for 30 years) and writing his books on jazz. John has written biographies of Billie Holiday, Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, Louis Jordan, Henry 'Red' Allen and Roy Eldridge as well as Who's Who of Jazz - Storyville and Swing Street, the definitive account of the early careers of early American jazz musicians (which is currently in its fifth edition). His writings on jazz have won him in a grammy and the prestigious ARSC award. Down Beat magazine has dubbed him a 'master of the craft of research'.
John Chilton has done a fine service for jazz readers everywhere with his well-written reference guide to who is who in British jazz. The entries are concise and highly interesting. Each entry is full of facts hard to find elsewhere. If you are looking for a nice, reliable reference book to add to your collection, this one on British jazz is worth your time. It would be a good book to have your local Public Library order for its patrons. Highly recommended. Jazz Review, 2004