George Campbell Trio


George Campbell was probably New Zealand's most prominent double bass player during the 40's and 50's. Based in Auckland, he played with many different combinations of jazz bands.

Noel Peach had his Astor Studios in Auckland and he put together a number of different combinations of musicians, depending on the style of music required. Each combination was given a different name, including the Astor Barnyard Boys, the Astor Trio, the Astor Rhythm, the Astor Dixie Boys and the Astorians. The majority of recordings were all made for the TANZA label and the Stebbing label. Among the Astor regulars were George Campbell, Neil Dunningham, Bob Ewing, Frank Gibson Sr, Bobby Griffith, Ray Gunter, Nancy Harrie, Derek Heine, Dick Hobday, Julian Lee, John MacKenzie, Crombie Murdoch and Jim Warren.

The George Campbell Trio, was another combination of musicians, put together to back Mavis Rivers on the below 78rpm for Stebbing in 1952.

George Campbell appeared on many of the recordings by pianist Jack Thompson in the 50's. Another recording was with Crombie Murdoch and Ed Croad.



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