b. 25 April 1946, Rochford, Essex, England. Fairweather first played trumpet semi-professionally in and around his home town. In 1971 he formed his own small band, later playing with numerous leaders, including Eggy Ley, Dave Shepherd and Alex Welsh. His reputation established, at the beginning of 1977 Fairweather took the plunge and became a full-time musician. Subsequently, he led his own bands and played in the Midnite Follies Orchestra. He also worked in small bands including Velvet, a co-operative band with Len Skeat, Ike Isaacs and Denny Wright, a trumpet-piano duo with Stan Barker, with whom Fairweather was also involved in educational work, the Pizza Express All Stars and Brian Priestley’s septet. An excellent mainstream trumpeter with a full, rich tone, Fairweather’s graceful playing style is particularly well suited to ballads. In addition to his playing, Fairweather has also turned to writing and broadcasting; his published works include some jazz-inspired short stories, a trumpet tutor, and, with Priestley and Ian Carr, a biographical directory Jazz: The Essential Companion, which evolved intoJazz: The Rough Guide.