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Allan Leat: 1916-2001
Allan Leat
Guitar, saxophone, discographer

Born: November 23, 1916 in London, England
Died: November 14, 2001 in London, England

Guitarist Allan Leat

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Allan Frederick Leat was a well-known eccentric on the London jazz scene. A lifelong and unshakeable devotee off the jazz of the 1920s, he was a fine rhythm guitar player (using a 1929 “Eddie Lang model” guitar) and adequate soloist, an undistinguished saxophone, and was most famous for being spectacularly accident-prone. He did a great deal of important discographical research on early jazz, and was a leading expert on white jazz sessions of the period.

JJA members are invited to submit a full obituary or appreciation.

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