Billy Amstell

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Billy Amstell (20 August 1911 – 19 December 2005) was a British jazz reedist.


At ten he played piano and at thirteen was teaching himself how to play alto saxophone. He performed in Glasgow before moving to London in 1930, working with violinist Jack Harris. During the next year, he recorded with Roy Fox and Spike Hughes and became a member of the Bert Ambrose orchestra in which he played tenor saxophone. In the 1940s he worked for bandleader Geraldo and in the 1950s for the BBC Dance Orchestra. He was a studio musician in the 1960s, working with George Chisholm. He played clarinet in the 1980s, released a solo album, Session After Midnight (Zodiac, 1980), and wrote his autobiography, Don't Fuss, Mr. Ambrose. He continued to perform in his nineties.[1]

His brother Mickey Amstell played saxophone.[1] Billy Amstell was married to model and actress Tessa Amstell.[2]


  1. ^ a b Chadbourne, Eugene. "Billy Amstell". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  2. ^ Kirk, Tristan (13 November 2018). "Rogue heir hunter loses battle over £600,000 will". Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 December 2018.