English saxophonist who did extensive recording and performing career prior to World War II, then had lengthy inactive period immediately afterward. Featherstonhaugh was educated in England, then worked with vocalist Pat O'Malley in 1927. He played for Spike Hughes from 1930 to 1932, recording two versions of "Buddy's Wednesday Outing," which was written for him by Hughes. He toured Britain in 1932 with pianist Billy Mason in a band backing Louis Armstrong, then recorded with his band The Cosmopolitans in 1933. Fletcher Allen was among his sidemen. Featherstonhaugh later recorded with Valaida Snow and Benny Carter. He led a group in the Royal Air Force that included Vic Lewis, Don McAffer and Jack Parnell; it eventually recorded as The BBC Radio Rhythm Club Sextet from 1943 to 1945. Featherstonhaugh toured Iceland in 1946, then was out of action until he resurfaced in 1956, heading a bop quintet and playing baritone sax with Leon Calvert and Roy Sidewell. Keny Wheeler and Bobby Wellins were later group members. Featherstonhaugh made a final tour of the Middle East in 1957 before he retired from jazz.
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