is with great sadness I have to report the
passing of Ron on 24 October 2005; he gave me invaluable help in establishing
the Ivy Benson website, when I was a complete novice.
Thanks Ron; we will miss you. - Brian Ravenhill
www.donlusher.com for all Big Band fans. Lead Trombone with the Ted Heath Band from 1952 to 1961, taking over the baton from 1976 to the final concert in 2000. Still very active with his "Best of British Jazz" and "The Don Lusher Big Band".
Murray Pfeffer's massive Big Band database and archive at http://nfo.net/ - pop in for a minute - you'll be there for an hour! Full of interest and information.
This site is the presence on the Internet of "Memory Lane" magazine dedicated to music of the 20's 30's 40's and 50's, particularly the English dance bands, swing bands and their stars and vocalists. "Memory Lane" is now well established, having been founded in 1968, and produced over 140 editions which have been sent all over the world. Click on http://www.memorylane.org.uk/ for more information and details of how to subscribe.
Crissy Lee - After many fruitful years in the music business (starting at the very tender age of 4) - from a background of jazz and big bands, including two periods with Ivy Benson, plus a smattering of rock, pop and Latin - Crissy Lee is well respected and admired as one of the UK's most experienced professional musicians by her peers and musical colleagues.Visit her site at www.crissylee.co.uk
The Women's Jazz Archive, a registered Charitable Trust (number 1068022) was established in Swansea in 1986 by pianist and historian Jen Wilson. The Archive collection was based at Swansea University from 1992-1996 with a public opening by Crissy Lee Big Band in June 1993. The Archive, now known as Women in Jazz, was able to move into new premises near the Marina in January 2002 with support provided by the City & County of Swansea. The Jazz Collection comprises many thousands of audio/visual records, photographs, journals and periodicals, a growing library. Visit this interesting site at http://www.smu.ac.uk/jazzheritage/