Brian Kendal Savegar was born in Abergavenny, Wales (UK), with a pencil in one hand and a jazz record in the other. The pencil still in his hand, he studied fine arts at Cardiff College of Arts, playing trumpet semi-professionally in jazz bands in Cardiff, Bristol and with Acker Bilk’s early Bristol Paramount Jazz Band. He went on to work as a book designer, art editor and designer before joining the film industry in 1962, when it had become clear he would have to make a choice between earning his living as an artist or playing jazz. Through it all, New Orleans jazz wove its spell. The TV series “Guests of the Emperor” and “The Big Easy” brought him to work in the city. At last Savegar combined his two loves, film and jazz, and took out his trumpet again. Sadly, from 1989, Brian’s enjoyment of film and jazz were marred by diabetes. True to form, he didn’t let it distract him from his passions, but neither did he take the disease seriously. He died on March 31, 2007, after a long, hard battle with the illness.