Jazz...A Musical Passion

This great jazz site can also be reached here:
www.jazz.ukapologetics.net/ - why not bookmark us now?

This website aims to be a celebration of jazz, especially of British jazz with particular regard to its 1945-1965 heyday. I want to encourage anybody who has a knowledge of the British jazz scene of this period to contribute articles and information to this site. We celebrate Ted Heath, Johnny Dankworth, Joe Harriott, Bert Courtley, Ronnie Ross, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott and all the other 'greats' of British jazz. We also celebrate the British general dance band scene of that period.

I especially welcome any musicians who were part of the scene of that time to get in touch with any anecdotes or, preferably, full length articles which can deepen the knowledge of all of us.

Site updated: January, 2018.

Other non jazz-related sites we like:
UK Apologetics
Nothing to do with jazz, but it tells you the meaning of life; what more can you ask?


My own personal jazz connections (not great, and I don't claim them to be).


A few classic British jazz photos!

Ted Heath Band (1945)
Geraldo Band (1945)
Ken Mackintosh Band (circa 1950)
Johnny Dankworth Band (circa 1954)


Ted Heath; A British Big Band Enigma...

Ted Heath headed the technically finest British big band of all time, yet unfortunately this band never achieved its full potential, being handicapped by too many staid and unambitious arrangements. Go here for more...

Howard McGhee, a Forgotten Giant

"During 1945-50 Howard McGhee was, without doubt, one of the best and most exciting bebop trumpeters in jazz, he was an exciting and very fluent improviser with a sound entirely of his own. He was especially known for his rapid fingering and powerful range. Some have called him the "missing link" between Roy Eldridge and Fats Navarro (Navarro certainly influenced Clifford Brown who influenced most of the post-1955 trumpeters)...."
Go here for more...

The Clark Terry Story

"Clark Terry's career in jazz spans more than sixty years. He is a world-class trumpeter, flugelhornist, educator, and NEA Jazz Master. He performed for seven U.S. Presidents, and was a Jazz Ambassador for State Department tours in the Middle East and Africa...."
Read more here.

Stan Kenton's Amazing Story

"On May 30, 1941, Stan Kenton's first band opened at the Rendezvous Ballroom on Balboa Island, California. This band was fully equipped for the time: 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 5 saxes, and 4 rhythm. The band was named after his theme "Artistry in Rhythm." Between 1942 and 1947 the trumpet and trombone sections grew to 4 each...."
Read more here.

The Gerry Mulligan Story

"Mulligan became known for his prodigous writing and arranging skills in his teens when he wrote for Johnny Warrington's radio band in 1944, and for Gene Krupa's band two years later as a staff arranger. He attracted attention with his composition entitled "Disc Jockey Jump...."

The JJ Johnson Story

"Considered by many to be the finest jazz trombonist of all time, J.J. Johnson somehow transferred the innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to his more awkward instrument, playing with such speed and deceptive ease that at one time some listeners assumed he was playing valve (rather than slide) trombone! Johnson toured with the territory bands of Clarence Love and Snookum Russell during 1941-42 and then spent 1942-45 with Benny Carter's big band...He made his recording debut with Carter (taking a solo on "Love for Sale" in 1943) and played at the first JATP concert (1944)."
Read the rest of this story here...

Great Lead Trumpets

John Faddis
Cat Anderson
Maynard Ferguson
Ron Simmonds(UK)
Paul Cacia
Bobby Pratt (UK)
Derek Watkins (UK)
Tony Fisher (UK)

Some of these great 'leads' are no longer with us, of course.