[78-L] Organic jazz

Kristjan Saag saag at telia.com.invalid
Fri Nov 6 06:07:55 PST 2015

Funny, none of the biographies I've found of Sidney Torch mention any 
war injury. The reason he have up the organ is explained as follows: 
while drafted into The Royal Air Force and being appointed as conductor 
of the Air Force Concert Orchestra he took the opportunity to study 
orchestration and composition, realizing that the time for cinema organs 
was over anyway.
I'd be interested to know where you've found the information about injuries.

On 2015-11-06 08:18, Iñigo Cubillo wrote:
> The magnificent labour of the great Sidney Torch must not be 
> forgotten. Prior to his great fame as orch leader and composer 
> (Meandering, for instance) many of us are devotees of his powerful and 
> sometimes delicate organ playing . Pity his recording career as an 
> organist was so short. He Only left a bunch of Columbias and Decca's 
> from late 30s early 40s with his art. All them worth their weight in 
> gold. He played on the Gaumont or Marble Arch cinema organs,, as also 
> in the Royal of Edmonton and British organs. I first knew about this 
> by the Spanish Columbia pressings of his British Deccas. Maybe his 
> injuries gained as a RAF officer in 2WW made him retire from organ 
> playing. He got his legs injured and I guess that was which made it 
> difficult to him to play the organ. Probably he did not want to play 
> if he saw he could not do it perfectly. Just judge his art and his 
> strive for perfection by his orchestral arrangements and conducting. 
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