Eddie Harvey (born 1925) has been an important figure in British jazz since the 1940s, when he was trombonist in George Webb's pioneering Dixielanders. He was a founding member of the Johnny Dankworth Seven in 1950 and composed and arranged for big bands throughout the following decades. He performed with Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson and composed for the Benny Goodman Orchestra. Throughout the 1960s Harvey continued to work with Dankworth and also became a member of Humphrey Lyttelton's group doubling on piano. He was one of the UK's first jazz educators, directing summer schools in the 1970s and from 1985 to 2003 he was Head of Jazz at the London College of Music. He also helped design the Jazz Piano syllabus for the Royal Schools of Music. In his seventh decade as a musician and educator he continues to be an influential figure and he won the Education Award in the first ever Parliamentary Jazz Awards in 2005.
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Eddie Harvey interview in Jazz UK Issue 62 (March - April 2005)
With John Dankworth, Humphrey Lyttelton