Aug 18

Derek Wadsworth

A very great friend of more that forty years, the late Derek Wadsworth, who died on th 3 December 2008 at his home in Aynho, Northamptonshire, England.

waddsworthDerek was to use the old but apt cliche: a musicians musician.

Derek's career started as a member of a Brass Band in Yorkshire and was to develop into an astonishing CV that included jazz, pop music, television, film, orchestral arranging and conducting, choral work and much more. Just to give you a glimpse of the range of his achievement here are some of the names and projects he worked on:

Arranger to Judy Garland, Nina Simone with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the same with The King's Singers (including vocal scores), Kate Bush, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey, Alan Price, Georgie Fame, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, , Manfred Mann, The Small Faces, David Essex, Nigel Kennedy.

As musician, with George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles (White Album), Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Charles Aznavour, Randy Crawford, Dionne Warwick, Simply Red, Tony Bennett, Maynard Ferguson, Alex Harvey, Mike Oldfield

My abiding memory of Derek during the later years of his life was his quiet concentration, sitting in an easy-chair by a window of his beautiful period house, pipe on the go, gazing out at the bird feeder on the wall outside of the window.

Aug 18

Fred Burnett was well ahead of the pack

fredburenttWelcome to my world of Traditional Jazz. The pages which follow are a tribute to the musicians who have dedicated themselves to playing the music of New Orleans and Dixieland in the North West of the British Isles.

Although I try very hard to ensure all the information about the bands and events are correct, please check with the venues concerned before setting out on your journey.

Fred Burnett. 

Even though the content of this website is confined to a defined geographical area, the responses it invokes are worldwide. Messages and email flow in from all parts of the globe. Fred Burnett has created a truly amazing website that really does encourage interaction. I know from my own professional experience just how much time it takes to run such an on-line presence. It brings home yet again just how much jazz owes to the enthusiasm of such dedicated individuals.