Billy Allison (drums)

Learned pipe band drumming in Scouts aged 10 years and bought a drum kit after leaving Scouts.  First gig was depping for Kenny Duff in the Jimmy Walker Quintet.  In 1951 played on Sunday nights in India Buildings modern jazz club with Ronnie Carruthers and Alex Tait.  Nat service in RAF 1952-54 when he played in camp trio in Germany. After return to Edinburgh, played with Tony Fusco band in Picardy Place dance hall

Charles Alexander (gtr)

b 10/05/1946, Edinburgh Educated at George Watson’s Boys College, Edin.  Started on ukele then guitar playing music of Duane Eddie and the Shadows. Recruited at school to play bass guitar in rock band then exposed to music of Django Reinhardt.  Became involved with school group including Pete Martin and Lachlan MacColl and also with piano player Alan Anderson.  Largely self taught but took lessons with Dougie Campbell.  Played dance work with Duncan Lonie and

Bruce Adams (tpt)

b Cheshire 3/07/51 Took up trumpet when only about 11 years old and began gigging in Glasgow to which his parents had moved in 1954.  Was the winner of a TV talent show, Opportunity Knocks, at age 14. Much professional experience world wide. In Edinburgh, played briefly in Mike Hart’s Society Syncopators in 1980s as well as many gigs in EIJF.

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