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Andy's Jazz.

The nearest I ever actually got to being in a band..

Photograph: Seven young men with jazz instruments on a stage.

[Photo: Scratchband - Barry Burgon on drums, Andy on Alto Saxaphone]

My friend Barry Burgon was an accomplished drummer and also interested in jazz. Although he encouraged me to play, I have never been able to master it. But Barry was very keen and even got a group of us fellow jazz fans together for a photo session using borrowed instruments. This is the nearest I ever actually got to being in a band.

Gerry Mulligan's Nights at the Turntable as my signature tune

Photograph: An LP record sleeve for Nights at the Turntable.

[Photo: - My original precious signature tune record]

My liking for jazz led me on to run a one hour jazz record request programme on RAF Tengah's internal Tannoy network. There weren't many requests, everyone was usually quaffing Tiger beer in the NAAFI or down town in a bar. But a few enthusiasts sent in requests, often they also loaned me the records because the library wasn't that well stocked. But most of the time, I just played my own records and my choice of music. I selected Gerry Mulligan's Nights at the Turntable as my signature tune and as the name of my programme. Of all the Mulligan tracks I have, that is still my favourite and seems to mesmerise me every time I play it.

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