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Jack Parnell


John Russell Parnell was an English bandleader and musician. Parnell was born into a theatrical family in London. His father Russ Carr was a music hall artist, before becoming a theatrical agent. His uncle Val Parnell was general manager of the London Palladium. Parnell was educated at Brighton and Hove Grammar School and studied piano from the age of five and drums for a year with Max Abrams. He made his debut, playing the drums for a concert party on the front at Scarborough in 1939. He then worked in a ballroom in Cambridge, before serving with the RAF for three years. He played in a five-piece line-up led by saxophonist Buddy Featherstonhaugh at RAF Bomber Command headquarters in High Wycombe


Article: JazzLife UK

Am I "Jazz People?"

Read "Am I "Jazz People?"" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

I rarely write anything too serious in a JazzLife UK article and, for the most part, this month's missive will be no different. However, the summer of 2010 started very sadly for UK jazz with the deaths of four popular, talented and influential musicians, and it seems appropriate to write a few words to remember each ...


Article: Big Band Report

It's Time for the News! But First, a Brief Report from Sick Bay...

Read "It's Time for the News! But First, a Brief Report from Sick Bay..." reviewed by Jack Bowers

August 2010 has been an interesting month. A few weeks ago I noticed a slight twinge in the right shoulder. The twinge soon became an ache, followed by loss of mobility and muscle tone in the right arm. The pain varies but is always there. As this is being written, I can raise the right arm ...


News: Obituary

Muppet Show's Jack Parnell die

Muppet Show's Jack Parnell die

British bandleader, drummer and composer Jack Parnell, who led The Muppet Show's music for its five-year run, died on Sunday at age 87 after a year-long battle with cancer. London-born Parnell's musical career stretched almost seven decades. The son of a showbiz family—his father was a music hall performer and his uncle ran a chain of ...


Repertoire Evocateur

Label: Strand Records
Released: 1979


The Big Band Show

Label: Strand Records
Released: 1976


Jack Parnell & His Quartet

Label: Strand Records
Released: 1951


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