Archie Slavin – Jazz Guitarist 1915 – 1992
In the London Fire Forces Orchestra, where we always had to bring in a 2nd trombonist and perhaps a guitarist for broadcasting, we frequently enjoyed the help of some civilians, as well as musicians from other services. Trombonists I recall were Tony Thorpe, Harry Roche, Sam Elliott, Eric Breeze and Fred Mercer, whilst on guitar at different times were Archie Slavin and Joe Deniz.
Another jazz group that had commenced activities before 1935 was that of drummer Joe Daniels, who was then a member of Harry Roy’s Band. Then mainly a recording group, known as the Hot Shots, the personnel varied from session to session, but in the line- up I remember players like Nat Temple on clarinet, who was also a member of the Roy Band, Freddie Gardner, also on clarinet, Pat Dodd on piano, Archie Slavin, from Lew Stone’s Orchestra, on guitar and, on trumpet and bass respectively, Leslie `Jiver’ Hutchinson and Tommy Bromley, both of whom were, many years later, to meet tragic and untimely deaths in road accidents. The Hot Shots experienced various changes of personnel and, after Daniels left the Roy Band, played the theatre and ballroom circuits.
Lew Stone must be regarded as one of the greatest of all British dance-band arrangers. Born in London in 1897 , he learned to play the piano as a boy , and was determined to make music his career.
? – Saxophone, Tiny Winters Double Bass, Archie Slavin Guitar, Joe Daniels Leader, Drums
JOE DANIELS AND HIS HOT SHOTS IN “DRUMNASTICKS”
Max Goldberg, t / Freddy Gardner, cl, as, bar / Monia Liter, p / Archie Slavin, g / Tiny Winters, sb / Joe Daniels, d.
London, June 28, 1935 Martin Slavin’s Vibrachords – September 3rd, 1954 (Esquire 10-396/416)
Keith Bird (cl), Martin Slavin (vib), Dill Jones (p), Archie Slavin (g), Joe Muddel (b), Roy Cooper (d).
Sweet Georgia Brown/I Surrender Dear/Crazy Rhythm/After You’ve Gone.
Vibes player Martin Slavin was born into a musical family in London in February, 1922. After service in the Army as a Band Sergeant he formed his own seven piece band in 1947. By the early 1950s he was playing piano, piano accordion and vibes as well as composing and arranging. He joined the Kenny Baker Dozen on vibes in 1954 and then joined the Geoff Taylor Sextet in 1955. In the mid 1950s he made 2 record sessions under his own name before moving into TV as a Musical Director. He wrote a musical called Nancy Wake during the 1960s. During the late 1950s and 1960s he worked in the London recording studios and continued to be a popular figure on the jazz club scene, and from 1957 to 1961 appeared regularly in the Melody Maker readers popularity polls. In 1966 he quit England for Canada and later settled in Hollywood where he worked as a composer and arranger in the film studios. After a spell as Musical Director on a cruise ship he moved back to London in the mid 1980s. He died, following a road accident in Hampstead, London in 25th May, 1988.
1937 – Al Bowlly toured the country again with Mish Bowlly (piano) and Archie Slavin (guitar).
July Al appeared at the Hammersmith Palais with Archie Slavin and Robin Richmond (Hammond organ).
Harry Parry and his Radio Rhythm Club Sextet – January 11th, 1942 (Parlophone)
Harry Parry (cl), Reggie Dare (ts), Tommy Pollard (p), Roy Marsh (vib), Lauderic Caton (solo g), Archie Slavin (g), Charlie Short (b), Bobby Richards (d), Benny Lee (vocal).
Blues For Eight*/Thrust and Parry#/Someday Sweetheart (vocal BL)*/Sheik Of Araby*.
(*Vocalion CD – Parry Opus – The Harry Parry Sextets)
(#Sunflower CD – Harry Parry’s Radio Rhythm Club Sextets – Crazy Rhythm)
Harry Hayes Band- Hayes (alto) with Kenny Baker (tpt); George Chisholm (tmb); Norman Stenfalt (p); Archie Slavin (g); Tommy Bromley (b); George Flerstone (ds). February 7, 1945.
Here are the top guitarist’s from the
MM Dance Band poll of 50-51