Dance Band Encyclopaedia
Violin and saxophone.
Violinist (and occasional saxophonist) Len Lee was a member of Fred Elizalde's band at the Savoy Hotel in 1928, having previously played at the Empress Rooms (band name unknown). In the Early 1940s he was again at the Savoy, but under Carroll Gibbons direction and subsequently took part in a number of shows for ENSA. Unfortunately, that's all I can find out about him at the moment, but his grandson, Matthew, has provided me with some photographs which I have included here. NOTE: This is not Len Lees, drummer and vocalist with Arthur Rosebery's band.
Photos 1 & 2: Len Lee himself
Photo 3: Len is on the far left with his violin and a saxophone. The band and location are unidentified.
Photo 4: With Fred
Elizalde's band on the steps of the Aberdeen New Palais de Danse in
Photo 5: Len with Fred
Elizalde's Band. Len is to the right of the piano, sitting down.
Photo 6 taken in a
garden: Len is third
from the right at the back, with Ben Frankel looking over his shoulder
and Tiny Stock (third from left in the back row).
If you can help identify the bands and / or locations (or any of the musicians) in photographs 3, 4 or 6, please let me know.
My thanks to
Matthew Lee for the photographs and information.