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Tony Ashton, 1946-2000

Alan Clayson, The Guardian, 19 July 2001

BORN OF A musical family in Blackburn, Ashton grew up in Blackpool. Before leaving school at 15, he was already a competent pianist and organist, having absorbed the fluid styles of Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and other American artists who had transported jazz to the borders of pop.

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