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Monday, 8 December, 1997, 19:42 GMT
Jazz legend dies
The jazz trombone legend, George Chisholm, has died aged 82.

Mr Chisholm, who played alongside jazz greats including Fats Domino and Louis Armstrong, was best known to British audiences for his comedy in The Black and White Minstrel Show.

Mr Chisholm had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and died in hospital in Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire.

Born in Glasgow his first job, when he was 14, was playing the piano for silent films at a cinema.

Four years after his first broadcast in a Glasgow club in 1932, he moved to London where he worked in a West End club.

During World War II Mr Chisholm joined the RAF's Squadronaires Dance Band and stayed with them until 1950 when he became a member of the BBC Showband.

He first tried comedy with The Squadronaires and it was a talent he was to use again on several radio series including The Goon Show before becoming a member of The Black and White Minstrels on television.

Eventually the self-taught trombonist returned to full-time jazz where his robust individual style earned him an international reputation.

In the 1980s Mr Chisholm suffered from ill health and in 1983, the year before he was awarded an OBE, he had a heart by-pass operation.

Fellow musician Kenny Baker said: "I was very honoured and very proud to have worked with him."

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