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Jazz cornetist, band leader, educator and broadcaster, Digby Fairweather's amusing and candid description of life as a cornet player. Autobiography written for general readers and especially those interested in jazz, jazz education, jazz history, the Musicians Union and broadcasting. Fourteen miles on a clear night? Like Buddy Bolden's legendary cornet, Digby Fairweather's horn has been heard far and wide on many a clear night, since the lure of jazz led him out of the quiet Essex countryside to a hectic life playing in clubs and concert halls across Britain and beyond. Well-kwn as raconteur, broadcaster, writer and jazz lover as well as one of the busiest, most enthusiastic jazz instrumentalists around, Digby tells his remarkable story in this book. With revealing reflections on his personal life and career and a wealth of warm, hilarious anecdotes, he writes honestly about all the challenges, frustrations and rich rewards of being part of the jazz world.
Digby Fairweather is a jazz musician, broadcaster, teacher, and former librarian who has played a major role in the establishment of the National Jazz Archive. He has contributed to several respected books about jazz including Groves Dictionary of Jazz and the Rough Guide to Jazz.