Heralded jazz artist who was instrumental in reviving Dixieland and swing.
He began playing professionally in 1964, initially collaborating with Sandy Brown, Wally Fawkes, and Bruce Turner.
He was contracted by Jump Records in the 1990s and 2000s to record a series of albums focused on 1930s music.
He was born into a working-class family. His first piano had been damaged several times in wartime bombings.
He collaborated with Benny Goodman during the 1980s.