Radio broadcasts from the Cotton Club from 1927 onwards brought national recognition to Duke Ellington and his band; recordings of his compositions - particularly Saddest Tale, Echoes of Harlem, Black and Tan Fantasy, and Mood Indigo - spread their fame internationally.
A jazz fan since his schooldays, David Bradbury was able to talk to many musicians while he was based in New York as a British correspondent reporting on America. Now a freelance writer, he lives with his wife in North London. His book Now That's Funny! Writers on Writing Comedy, co-authored with Joe McGrath, was described as 'intelligent and enthusiastic' (Peter Bradshaw, Evening Standard) and 'a good laugh' (Arthur Smith, The Guardian).