b. 15 October 1934, London, England. Elsdon studied trumpet before turning to jazz and working with a succession of British traditional bands in the 50s. His reputation established, in the early 60s he decided to form his own band, but the musical times were changing and he failed to gain the same level of success achieved by many other traditional bands. Nevertheless, Elsdon succeeded in keeping his band afloat, working regularly at clubs and pubs and occasionally at more prestigious venues. He toured the UK with visiting American jazz and blues artists during the 60s and 70s. In the 80s, with his band still around, he also began playing with the Midnite Follies Orchestra and with other groups led by Keith Nichols. Despite his long association with the traditional jazz scene, Elsdon’s virile playing style fits comfortably into the mainstream.