19 St Augusta Court
Born December 1926 in London. Became a professional musician at 16. In 1950's worked with Eddie Thompson, Kenny Baker, Tony Crombie, Ronnie Scott. 1957-59 worked with Ted Heath. 1960-67 house pianist at Ronnie Scott's backing many US musicians including Zoot Simms, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins. His own quartet formed in the mid 60's first included Bobby Wellins, Peter King & Trevor Watts. Since the 70's he has played in Europe & Australia. As well as solo he has led his own bands through all sizes up to big band.
Throughout his career he has been a prolific composer, writing over 20 commissions and music for forty of his own albums. His first work "Under Milk Wood" inspired by Dylan Thomas's radio play of the same title, is widely recognised as a masterpiece. A number of suites for big bands followed.
Over the years Stan's music and playing has attracted a host of accolades and awards, the most prestigious of which was receiving the OBE in 1986 in recognition of his services to British jazz.
In spring 2002, he takes his 11 piece orchestra on the road to celebrate his 75th birthday. The tour premieres a new suite, 'Continental Drift', written jointly with his son Clark. The music depicts places they've gigged together : China, South America & Africa.
To coincide with this tour, Faber Music has chosen Stan's work to kick-start its foray into jazz publishing, and is issuing selected scores from his back catalogue.
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