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Adrian RolliniThe Life and Music of a Jazz Rambler$
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Ate van Delden

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496825155

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496825155.001.0001

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With Fred Elizalde in England, 1928

With Fred Elizalde in England, 1928

(p.177) Chapter 11 With Fred Elizalde in England, 1928
Adrian Rollini

Ate van Delden

University Press of Mississippi

From Basque descent and growing up in the Philippines, Fred Elizalde was an advanced composer and orchestra leader. He had worked in the USA and was familiar with the quality of its dance music and jazz, which he wanted to bring to London and then develop further. He managed to get a contract with the Savoy Hotel, London's top hotel, and in order to fulfil his ambition he hired Americans including Rollini and Bobby Davis. Rollini was featured on most of Elizalde's records, both with the full orchestra and with a jazz band, sometimes using American arrangements. The public's reaction was generally positive, but the band's broadcasts were not always well received. Elizalde defendedhis approach to his management and with initial success. During a short trip home Rollini marries Dixie. His popularity among British music lovers grows further and Melody Maker, a major magazine, asks him to write articles about his music.

Keywords:   Fred Elizalde, Savoy Hotel, Dixie, broadcasts, Melody Maker

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