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James Graham Collier, 21 February 1937, Tynemouth, Northumberland, England. Collier began his musical career playing trumpet in bands in the north of England before entering the British Army as a bandsman. He was in the army, playing dance music and jazz as well as military music, for six years and then won a scholarship to Berklee College Of Music. He worked for a while in the USA, playing bass in the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. From 1964 he led his own band in the UK, largely performing his own music. Amongst Colliers sidemen have been many outstanding British musicians of his generation including Harry Beckett, Mike Gibbs, John Surman and Kenny Wheeler. Varying the size and format of his bands, Collier encouraged new concepts and young musicians, establishing the orchestral base from which Loose Tubes sprang in the mid-80s. The following decade Collier established the Jazz Ensemble. In addition to his career as a performer, Collier also formed his own...