Campbell Burnap

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Campbell Crichton Mackinnon Burnap (10 September 1939 in Derby, England – 30 May 2008) was an English jazz trombonist, vocalist and broadcaster.

Burnap played washboard in a skiffle band with classmates as a teenager in England. He moved to New Zealand at age 19, where he began playing trombone and played in the Omega Jazz Band in 1960-62. From 1962 to 1965 he played in Australia with the Hot Sands Jazz Band (1962-64) and Geoff Bull's Olympia Jazz Band (1964-65). In 1965 he played for a time at Preservation Hall in New Orleans, then returned briefly to the UK, playing with Terry Lightfoot and Monty Sunshine. He spent three further years (1966-69) in Australia before moving permanently back to the UK, settling in London. He played with Ian Armit (1969-70), Alan Elsdon (1970-75), Alex Welsh (1978-79), and Acker Bilk (1980-87). After 1988 Burnap hosted jazz radio programs for the BBC and Jazz FM.[1][2]

Burnap died of cancer in May 2008.[3]


  1. ^ Mark Gilbert, "Campbell Burnap". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz online.
  2. ^ "A tribute to Campbell Burnap (10 September 1939 - 30 May 2008)". GMG Radio. Retrieved 2006-06-16. [dead link]
  3. ^ Chris De Burgh's Ladies in Black. (Death notice at bottom of article.) The Independent.