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Roy Burrows

b. 18 Feb 1926, Kingston, Jamaica, Western Indies, d. 2 Dec 1998, London, Britain. As a kid Burrowes was presented with a trumpet by his sea-going dad and began understanding how to play the device. Because the unofficial mascot of the West Indian military regiment, he was motivated to build up his musical capabilities and required lessons from a armed service bandsman. He created his own rings, playing around his city however in the past due 40s visited NEW YORK, USA where he quickly founded himself on the neighborhood music scene. One of the music artists with whom he performed in this stage of his profession and who also helped his progress was Sonny Rollins. In 1962, Burrowes started a one-year spell with Duke Ellington, thereafter dealing with many rings including those led by Ray Charles, Sunlight Ra and Archie Shepp. Within the 80s and 90s he was frequently in Europe, employed in Paris with Mal Waldron and Clifford Jordan and he also seemed to very good influence on Abbey Lincoln’s 1980 Paris documenting, Painted Female. He was also frequently in London where he was resident throughout a lot of the last 10 years of his lifestyle. It was during this time period that he became co-founder along with his wife of International Jazz Time. Furthermore to his effective bop-influenced trumpet playing, Burrowes was also an experienced arranger and an achieved composer. Within the last mentioned capacity, he published Down In Brazil, documented by Shepp and by Cedar Walton, along with a collection, West Indian BLACK.

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