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A talented veteran swing-oriented tenor, Danny Moss has been an important part of the British jazz scene since the early '50s. He started playing professionally when he was 16 and through the years has worked with a who's who of England's jazz community, including Vic Lewis, Ted Heath (1953-1955), Johnny Dankworth (1957-1961), Alex Welsh, and Humphrey Lyttelton (1962-1964). A fine thick-toned tenor stylist in the tradition of Coleman Hawkins, Moss has often been called upon to perform with traveling American jazzmen, most notably Buck Clayton in the mid-'60s. He has led his own groups on and off since the 1960s, in addition to extensive freelancing (including working with the Pizza Express All-Stars in the 1980s and with his wife, singer Jeannie Lamb). Danny Moss, who moved to Australia in 1989 but still plays often in Europe, has recorded as a leader for Columbia (1966), 77, Flyright, and the Nagel-Heyer label, following 1996's A Swingin' Affair with Steamers three years later. Moss' fifth studio effort Keeper of the Flame appeared in fall 2000. ~ Scott Yanow