In Tom Talbert-His Life and Times Talbert-in his own words-describes his progress, his influences, his skirmishes with fate, and his sometimes surprising detours. His account, and the anecdotes and memories of many musicians who played with him conjure up a lost world of music and music-making that has disappeared as completely as last winter's snow.
Bruce Talbot was born in Wellington, New Zealand, where, as a young radio producer in the late 1950s he first heard and was moved by Tom Talbert's music. Moving to London, England in 1963 he worked for the BBC in radio, television and record production before being invited, in 1991, to come to the U.S. as Executive Producer of the Smithsonian Collection of Recordings record label.
1 Some Thoughts About Tom Talbert and West Coast Jazz 2 Early Days 3 Territory Bands and Sleeper Buses 4 World War II 5 Interlude: Johnny Richards 6 Los Angeles in the 1940s 7 The Tom Talbert Orchestra 8 New York City 9 Wednesday's Child 10 Bix Dukes Fats 11 Full Shop 12 You Can Go Home Again 13 Welcome (Back) to LA 14 One, Then Seven, Then Fourteen 15 Autumn in New York, and Spring Too 16 The View From the Stand 17 Influences 18 The Enigma 19 Coda