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Charles Alexander writes:Stan Britt, jazz journalist and broadcaster, and author of the definitive biography of Dexter Gordon and of countless sleeve notes for jazz albums, died on March 30th, after a lengthy illness, at the age of 78.
Born in Beckenham, he was noted for his deep appreciation and understanding of jazz and for his meticulous research. After fifteen years in the editorial departments of the Daily Express and other Fleet Street papers, he left to pursue a freelance career as a jazz writer. A regular contributor on jazz and blues to Billboard, Music Week and Melody Maker, his books include The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz as co-author with Brian Case (Salamander, 1978), The Jazz Guitarists (Blandford Press, 1984), Dexter Gordon: A Musical Biography (1989) and Frank Sinatra: A Celebration (Hamlyn, 1995). He also contributed a chapter called The Bebop Masters for the book Masters of Jazz edited by myself (Balafon, 1999).
Stan Britt wrote over 50 sleeve notes for jazz reissue collections released by Proper Records.
His archive of interviews, mainly with visiting US musicians, was recently deposited with the National Sound Archive.
The funeral will take place this Friday, 11 April, 3:45pm, at Beckenham Crematorium, Elmers End Road, Beckenham BR3 4TD
All friends and colleagues are welcome
The nearest Overground station is Elmers End. Birbeck Tramway Stop (Croydon Tram Link towards Beckenham) is also close.
With thanks for additional information to Peter Vacher.