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Leslie Thompson (17 October 190 – 26 December 1987) was raised at what was then called the Alpha Cottage School and joined the West India Regiment as a bandsman. He moved permanently to England in 1929 and played in dance and jazz bands in clubs and theatres, toured with Louis Armstrong, and worked with the most significant black British swing musicians of the1930s, including the members of his all-black swing band which was taken over by Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson.

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listen to Leslie Thompson on these recordings

Recorded in London on 23rd January 1931


Personnel: Norman Payne and Arthur Niblo-trumpet / Leslie Thompson-trumpet and trombone / Lew Davis-trombone / Harry Hines-clarinet / Buddy Featherstonhaugh-tenor sax / Eddie Carroll-piano / Alan Ferguson-guitar / Spike Hughes-string bass / Bill Harty-drums

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