He was a native of Leeds and was a close friend of the tuba player Bob Barclay, who had opened a cafe serving egg and chips with jazz records on the side in Upper Briggate Leeds (it is now the Sela Bar). This would become Studio 20, a celebrated after-hours nightspot with red beans and rice on the menu, in tribute to Louis Armstrong’s favourite dish, and in 1956 Cryer met Armstrong in Barclay’s company.
Cryer photographed many of the original visiting Americans coming to these shores - the bluesmen Jimmy Rushing and Muddy Waters, and the Eddie Condon and Count Basie bands. A selection of these photos are below
Bob Barclay, Yorkshire Post Jazz Band and owner of Studio 20
Humphrey Lyttelton trumpet, Tony Coe sax, Brian Brocklehurst bass, Joe Temperley piano Studio 20
Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes at Studio 20
Sister Rosetta Tharpe at Leeds Town Hall
Val Wilmer's obituary in the Guardian here