(Robert) Russell DAVIES

Biography

Gender Male
Titles N/A
Birthdate 1946-04-05
Education Manchester Grammar, St John's Coll Cambridge (scholar, BA, Tiarks German award)
Publications N/A
Recreations jazz and jazz history, trombone, tuba, bass saxophone and piano playing, comic art, cartooning, tidying up
Clubs N/A
Style Russell Davies, Esq
Career freelance journalist and broadcaster; TV actor and presenter 1970-71, cartoonist Liberal News 1971, caricaturist Times Literary Supplement 1972-74; The Observer: football reporter 1973-76, film critic 1973-78, contracted writer 1983-88; sports columnist New Statesman 1978-79, TV critic Sunday Times 1979-83 (columnist 1978-), dep ed Punch 1988 (contrib 1976-92); sports columnist: Sunday Telegraph 1989-94, Daily Express 1996-; radio critic Sunday Telegraph 1996-97; radio incl: documentaries on American culture for Radio 3, biographies of jazz and blues singers, plays for radio, sports documentaries, Midweek 1979-81, Jazz Century, Beethoven or Bust, Russell Davies Song Show, Friday Night Is Music Night, Just Before Goonrise, Spike Milligan: 21 Goon Salute, Oh What A Beautiful Evening, Living In Harmony, The Guv'nor: The Rober Farnon Story, Radio Roots, Pick of the Week, Opening Nights, The Bix Beiderbecke Story, Brain of Britain 2004, The Archive Hour: Charles Chilton, George on George (Radio 4), biographical series (Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rogers, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Fats Waller, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald), radio series (When Housewives had the Choice, Radio Fun, Seven Deadly Singsongs, What An Institution, Quad Wrangles, Turns of the Century, Word of Mouth (Ondas Prize Barcelona 1996)); script editor Frank Sinatra: Voice of the Century (Radio 2), author of radio scripts for Denis Norden, David Jacobs, Harry Connick Jr, Al Jarreau, Pat Boone, Stewart Copeland, Henry Goodman, Ruthie Henshall; television incl: What The Papers Say, What The Papers Say Annual Awards 1989-97, presenter Saturday Review, presenter Jazz Week and Jazz On a Summer's Day weekend BBC2, music documentaries BBC2 (Laughing Louie, Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra, Le Jazz Hot, The Lowest of the Low, Buddy Bolden's Children, A Musical Nation?, The Honky Tonk Professor), Statements (arts series BBC Wales), Knowing My Place (HTV), Dudley Moore: After the Laughter (BBC 4), Artie Shaw: Quest for Perfection (BBC 4), University Challenge (BBC 2), script editor Private Life of a Masterpiece (BBC 2); formerly: librettist Love And The Ice Cream Vendor (Roundhouse and South Bank Show LWT), actor Charles Charming's Challenges (Apollo Theatre); recorded The World of Buddy Bolden (with Humphrey Lyttelton) 1986
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