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Chris Gildersleeve

I fell for jazz when I was 16. It was Johnny Dodds who hooked me, soon followed by “Jelly Roll” Morton and Louis Armstrong. When studying in Newcastle I was lucky to meet Jack McLaughlin and the Maryville Jazz Band who introduced me to original styled jazz and Tom Tyler who got me playing tenor banjo. This music has been a lifelong mistress.

I am commited to presenting original sytled jazz as played in New Orleans early in the 20th Century in a contemporary 21st Century context for any occassion.

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