b. Denys Justin Freeth Wright, 6 May 1924, Bromley, Kent, England, d. 8 February 1992, London, England. Wright began playing guitar while still a small child and during his teenage years played professionally in various parts of the UK. During World War II he was a member of the Auxiliary Fire Service in London, but found time to play in various bands, including those led by Carl Barriteau and Stéphane Grappelli. He played guitar and sometimes piano at various clubs and was a house musician for Decca Records. In the post-war years and on through into the 50s, he played with many dance bands and the house bands in clubs, restaurants and hotels. Occasionally, he led his own bands but was usually a respected sideman for, among many, Francisco Cavez, Freddy Randall, Jack Fallon, the BBC Show Band, Lonnie Donegan and Bruce Turner.
Wright continued his busy round in the 60s, including a US tour with Donegan, a long spell with Johnny Duncan And The Blue Grass Boys and a brief one in a revived edition of Kenny Graham’s Afro-Cubists. In the 70s Wright teamed up with fellow guitarist Diz Disley for a continuing musical relationship in the Hot Club Of London, which led inevitably to a reunion with Grappelli that lasted for almost five years. Among other artists with whom Wright played, at concerts, clubs and sometimes on record is Wild Bill Davison, appearing on Solo Flight. A long and musically felicitous relationship was with Digby Fairweather, both in duo and in the band Velvet, which also included Ike Isaacs and Len Skeat. Apart from Grappelli, other violinists with whom Wright worked included Johnny Franks, Don Harper, co-leading a quintet with the latter, and Johnny Van Derrick.