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Ken was the pioneer of British exploration of the New Orleans jazz idiom and has a great following even though he has gone to the gloryland. Ken Colyer ( 1928 - 1988) was a British traditional jazz revivalist and skiffle scenester who specialized in the New Orleans jazz and ragtime stylings. He first interfaced with New Orleans players when a young man in the UK's Merchant Navy and fater long jaunts at sea, began looking up familiar names in a New Orleans… read more

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  • Avatar for frederickellis
    To the person who tagged Ken Colyer as "trad jazz" -back in his heyday of the 50`s this would have been a NO - NO. To the afficianados Ken was "Traditional Jazz". Trad was the pop music of the day i.e Dick Charlesworth & His City Gents, Kenny Ball, Utter Bilge & Terry Footlights....... In all fairness when you saw them live they were much better than their records- pop records.- except Dick Charlesworth,& his band genuinely were crap..

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