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Experimental composer Basil Kirchin was born in Great Britain in 1927. He made his professional debut in December 1941 at London's Paramount, playing drums in his father Ivor Kirchin's jazz band, and remained a fixture of the group throughout the remainder of World War II, playing 14 shows per week.

After the war ended, Kirchin joined Harry Roy's newly-formed New 1946 Orchestra (one of the first true British big bands)…

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