|Tags:||jazz swing big band 30s dance bands|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Louis Stone, 28 June 1898, London, England, d. 13 February 1969, London, England. A self-taught musician, Stone developed into a first-class pianist and arranger, and led one of the leading dance bands of the 30s. His book, Harmony And Orchestration For The Modern Dance Band, became the standard work for 20 years. In 1925, Stone played piano for the London Aeolian Band, and worked for Bert Ralton shortly before Raltons death on an African safari. From 1927-31 Stone was a freelance arranger for many name bands including Ambrose and Jack Payne, before joining Roy Fox at the Monseigneur Restaurant in Londons Piccadilly. When Fox left in 1932, Stone took over and formed his own band from a nucleus of Fox personnel, including Joe Ferrie and Lew Davis (trombones), Joe Crossman and Ernest Ritte (saxophones), Nat Gonella and Alfie Noakes (trumpets), Bill Harty (drums), Tiny Winters (bass), and vocalist Al Bowlly. Ferrie, Gonella and Winters also sang regularly...