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The autobiography of trumpeter John Chilton who for 30 years led the Feetwarmers, backing singer George Melly, and sharing escapades that took them all over the world. Before working with George, he was in Bruce Turner's Jump Band and also led the Swing Kings which backed many visiting American jazz stars.

John Chilton has gained an international reputation as a jazz biographer, having written acclaimed books on Sidney Bechet, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, Bob Crosby, Louis Jordan, Henry ëRedí Allen and Roy Eldridge. His lively autobiography not only reveals the background to his jazz researches, but also shines a bright light on his many years as a professional jazz musician.

In 2000 he was voted 'Jazz Writer of the Year' - and his story is full of anecdotes and revelations about the many British and American musicians he has known.

George Melly described him as 'an anecdotalist of genius'.

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