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Jeffrey Green

Jazztrumpeter born in Barbados. He studied the cornet with the Salvation Army and music theory by correspondence, and was influenced by jazz recordings on disc and radio broadcasts from America. He soon abandoned demeaning work as an errand boy in Bridgetown, and moved to St Vincent and then Martinique, reaching Trinidad in 1934, where he continued to play dance music; and eventually joined the police band.

By 1938 Wilkins was in Britain, recruited by Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson for his West Indian Dance Orchestra and recording with them and with Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller. The Johnson band toured widely and made numerous broadcasts, and many Britons enjoyed the singing and playing of Wilkins. He survived the bomb at the Café de Paris, London, in 1941, which killed Johnson and tenor‐sax player Dave Williams He made more recordings and broadcasts notably with Harry Parry whose guitar players included the ...