JACK COOKE: Born 1931 Leeds, Yorkshire England. Began listening to jazz during World War 2 via broadcasts on AFN, etc. Used to be a drummer, percussionist in 1950s but gave up “as I realised I’d never be Max Roach“.
Followed the old adage: if you can’t be it, write about it: “I did – endlessly – for 15 years”. Left a non-job in print industry 1976 for fun, time, socialwork – which is when writing ceased. Completed masters degree Sociology September 1982.