|I was introduced to Modern Jazz when I first saw the astonishing Ronnie Scott Orchestra at (believe it or not)The Ashton-under-Lyne Palais de Danse in around 1956.
Tony Crombie was the drummer. A very funny man, I remember, because I spent a few minutes with the band back stage. Lennie Bush, Benny Green, Victor Feldman were other members.
The explosive sound was a revelation - the only other jazz I had heard before was Louis Armstrong - and I guess the driving beat was largely due to Crombie.
Later I heard his own band, also very exciting. I recall that because the very beautiful (and brilliant) Annie Ross was the singer. And I recall her because she spent the interval talking to me - star struck teenager on the balcony. A very simple, but kind thing to do.
Crombie was a genuine original - but I never knew he had so much talent. Mind you, I have none myself - but three of my children became musicians