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Alex Welsh Jazz Band

Alex Welsh (July 9, 1929 June 25, 1982) was a Scottish jazz musician, who played the cornet, trumpet and sang.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Welsh started playing in the teenage 'Leith Silver Band' and gigged with Archie Semple's 'Capital Jazz Band'. After moving to London in the early 1950s, Welsh formed his own band. The group, with clarinetist Archie Semple, pianist Fred Hunt, trombonist Roy Crimmins and drummer Lenny Hastings, was a backbone of British traditional jazz in the 1950s, playing a version of 'Chicago style' jazz. In the 1960s, Welsh's band invited guest stars such as Earl Hines, Red Allen, Peanuts Hucko, Pee Wee Russell and Ruby Braff to perform with them. In August 1961, the Alex Welsh Band's track "Tansy", peaked at #45 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] In January 1963, the British music magazine, NME reported that the biggest trad jazz event to be staged in Britain had taken place at Alexandra Palace. The event included George Melly, Diz Disley, Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, Kenny Ball, Ken Colyer, Monty Sunshine, Bob Wallis, Bruce Turner, Mick Mulligan and Welsh.

Welsh toured internationally and played at the 1967 Antibes jazz festival, the 1968 Newport Jazz Festival and 1978 Nice Jazz Festival.

Alex Welsh died in June 1982, in Hillingdon hospital in London, England, at the age of 52.


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