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Al Tabor

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Bandleader and violinist.
Died:   1983

In the autumn of 1928 Al was appointed as musical director of the Hammersmith and Birmingham Palais de Dance. At the time, he was sharing the musical duties at Hammersmith with Alan Green. However, he replaced Green's band with a small one of his own called "The New Dixie Band". This comprised P. Franks, trumpet; Jack Jones, trombone; Ike Levine, alto-sax; H. White, piano; Ginger Conn, drums. This combination didn't make any records. Tabor's main band, also playing at Hammersmith, as it had done since at least 1926, did make a few records, listed below.

Al played at the Hammersmith Palais from 1926 until March 1929 when he moved to play at Murray's Club in Beak Street.

He stopped playing in the early sixties, and worked for the B.B.C. forwarding royalties for the music they played.
He retired in the late sixties to his family home in Wembley.

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Al Tabor

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Al Tabor & his Transatlantic Band (1927)

Full Discography:

AL TABOR AND HIS BAND: Al Tabor -vn-dir: Arthur Williams - Bert Collier -t/ Jimmy Brewer -tb/ Danny Miller - Chris Ambler -cl-ss-as/ Gus Landau -cl-ss-ts/ Harry Musicant -p/ Bobby Martin -bj/ Fred Waite -bb/ Roy Stevens -d.
                                                                                                                          London, c. August 16, 1927

11015-4 I've Got No Sweetie At All EBW 4694

Al Tabor -vn-dir: Bert Collier - Jack Wilson -t/ Danny Miller - cl-as-bar-pac-x/ Mickey Lewis -cl-ss-as/ Gus Landau -cl-ss-ts/ Merlin Morgan -vn/ Harry Musicant -p/ Bobby Martin -bj-g-as-p-x/ Fred Waite -bb/ Joe Daniels -d.
                                                                                                                          London, March 1929.

Down Kentucky Way - v
When The Clock Strikes Twelve (waltz)
Piccadilly 218
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