Harry Brown, 1915, London, England, d. 28 February 1985. Ellington began playing drums as a teenager and by 1937 was proficient enough to replace Joe Daniels in Harry Roys popular band. He remained with Roy for almost five years, although his personal musical taste tended more towards the new jazz styles, and soon after the end of World War II he was playing bop in London clubs. He led his own quartet at this time and made a number of records, and sometimes accompanied visiting American jazzmen. His quartet in the late 40s comprised Dick Katz (piano), Coleridge Goode (bass) and Lauderic Caton guitar who was replaced by Laurie Deniz, and they were able to play swing, jumping R&B and popular jazz.
In the early 50 Ellington began to incorporate comedy and novelty material into his repertoire but the groups musical base was always strongly bop-influenced. Throughout the 50s the quartet was regularly featured on The Goon Show on...