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Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels was born in Hull, England on January 8th 1911.

He started piano lessons at the age of 7 and on leaving school aged 14 taught himself to play the saxophone.

He eventually became a multi-instrumentalist playing the tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute, piccolo and accordion with some of the great dance bands such as Lou Praeger, Alex Freer, Tommy Kinsman and Rudy Rome. Already , at the age of 27, he played clarinet on a track called “Doing the Lambeth Walk” during a recording with Michael Flome  and his Orchestra.

After the second world war, he featured as a musician in films starring David Niven, Scarlett O’Hara and Peter Sellers. Similarly on television he met Ronnie Corbett, Ernie Wise, Tommy Trinder and played a duet on flute with Jimmy Edwards who loved to make silly noises on the trombone.

He shook hands with the Duke of Windsor and played for the Royals and High Society in places such as St James Palace and Arundel Castle.

After 30 years as a musician often leading his own band, he set up a private teaching practice not stopping till he was 99  At the age of 70, he challenged himself to take the grade8 piano exams and passed with distinction

Having just celebrated his 100th birthday, he has literally dedicated 85 years of his life to playing and teaching music

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