Bruce Crowther

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For many years he has written books and 49 had been published by the end of 2022. More than half of these are crime fiction, the non-fiction books are mainly on cinema and jazz. Long ago there were a few television plays and more recently a stage play. For a number of years he worked with Colin Larkin on his Encyclopedia of Popular Music and the BTOE, contributing 5-6000 entries to these projects. His first Jazz Journal article was in the mid-1970s, record reviews beginning a decade later. His jazz books include a biography of Gene Krupa and three books in collaboration with Mike Pinfold: The Jazz Singers, The Big Band Years and Singing Jazz. Other than jazz, he enjoys the blues, opera, old country, gospel, R&B, and popular songs of the 1930s and 40s.

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New York All Stars: Live Encounter

The power and imagination of the musicians on the New York All Stars’ first album of 2017 surprised and delighted me, and I noted Eric Alexander as an outstanding...

The Acid Drops: When

Fergus McCreadie: ‘I love playing folk as much as I love playing jazz’

So devastating has been the damage wreaked by Covid-19 and so horrifying the death toll that it seems almost in bad taste to lament its impact on the career...

Liddle matter of Rendell

Lance Liddle wonders if I was confusing Don Rendell with Don Lang. My JJ November 2018 article on Ronnie Ross mentioned that Rendell took a very fine tenor solo on "Cloudburst" with the Ted Heath...

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Gerry Mulligan: Writings On A Jazz Original

The former drummer with Bobby Troup, Anita O'Day and others has assembled into a book 52 articles illuminating Mulligan's work and life

Prehistory Of Jazz

JJ 02/83: Arild Andersen – A Molde Concert

Forty years ago Barry McRae welcomed the tracks in which improvisation - content - rescued the bassist's session from atmospheric gesturing

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

“And then there is Ella, about whom critics have surprisingly little to say, other than to state that she is the ultimate jazz singer or to denigrate her in...

Small-screen swing