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James William Dudley Asman

writer , retail record company executive

James William Dudley Asman, British retail record company executive, writer. Member National Federation Jazz Organizations (national secretary 1950-1952), London Jazz Record Society (president 1980-1982), Jazz Appreciation Society (editor Jazz Record magazine 1943-1946). Co-editor: Jazz on Record, 1944.

Background

Asman, James William Dudley was born on April 18, 1914 in Kingston-On-Hull, Yorkshire, England. Son of Walter Burton and Clara Emma (Dudley) Asman.

Education

Student private and state schools, Nottingham, England.

Career

Company director James Asman Ltd., London, since 1953. Jazz writer and critic, 1942-1982. Former jazz and folkmusic columnist, various publications, including London Daily Mirror, 1950-1952, Musical Express, London, 1952-1953, Record Mirror, 1953-1954, London Review, 1951-1952, Jazz Journal, London.

Freelance radio writer, since 1960. Compiler, editor: N.F.J.O. Blue Book, 1952. Author: (with others) The Decca Book of Jazz, 1958, (with Martin Lindsay) Teach Yourself Jazz, 1964.

Lecturer in field.

Works

  • Author: (with others) The Decca Book of Jazz, 1958, (with Martin Lindsay) Teach Yourself Jazz, 1964. Lecturer in field.

Membership

Member National Federation Jazz Organizations (national secretary 1950-1952), London Jazz Record Society (president 1980-1982), Jazz Appreciation Society (editor Jazz Record magazine 1943-1946). Co-editor: Jazz on Record, 1944.

Connections

Married Dorothy Asman, July 31, 1938.

father:
Walter Burton Asman

mother:
Clara Emma (Dudley) Asman

spouse:
Dorothy Asman