Barry Palser – A Tribute

I learned from John Petters earlier today the sad news that
Barry Palser has passed away.

The news came as a stunner because his band was one of the first
I followed, photographed and filmed when I got back into jazz some
15 years ago.

I will defer to others closer to him to pay tribute to
his contributions to jazz but I am impelled to include
this link
to just one of the posts I have included on Jazz&Jazz featuring his band.
It includes one of the Jazz&Jazz YouTubes I filmed of him over the years.
It happens to be my favourite.

The YouTube:


Peter M Butler
Jazz&Jazz

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Comments

  1. Phil Probert says:

    What a loss to our musicians’ community. His Savoy band was already well-established when I went to Cambridge and joined the University band. He was terrifically friendly and supportive of us student players. We attended a number of parties chez Palser over the years. A feature of these was a notorious party drink he called Angel’s Tit – a lethal mixture of cream with an awesome collection of spirits stirred in. I can still feel the headaches! RIP Barry

  2. Sad news. Been one of our regulars for years and one of the best bands on the circuit. Will be missed. RIP

  3. Trevor Stent says:

    I am really sorry to hear of Barry’s passing. Just as for Phil Probert, he was a major figure in my jazz life in the early days at Cambridge. A huge character whose seemingly constant good humour enriched every situation, often hilariously. He had enthusiasm and drive in barrel loads and the jazz world benefitted from it enormously. On trombone, he was no Jack Teagarden, but his simple driving Kid Ory style was ideally suited to the jazz he wanted to play. It’s testament to his playing that he regularly played with some superb musicians in very successful bands.
    We then met up frequently in tours to Holland when I was there with the Blue Mags and once more there were plenty of laughs and good times. Fifteen years ago, when I started Fest Jazz in Brittany, Barry, ably assisted by Bridget, brought coachloads of spectators here and it was their energy and enthusiasm that helped convince me that the festival had an identity and a potential.

    The UK jazz world now has a huge Barry Palser shaped hole that it will be very difficult to fill, but the memories and his legacy will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with Bridget and the family.

  4. Graham Newton says:

    I will not repeat what so many people have said in paying tribute to Barry’s playing, singing and good humour, though I agree with them wholeheartedly having listened to his bands over about 50 years. I would just like to show his generosity by adding my thanks to him for supporting our West Wickham Jazz Club. We are a small club, averaging perhaps 25 punters every fortnight and he led our resident band, though he had to travel 100 miles in each direction, leaving home around 4.30 and getting home at Lord knows what time. His nominal fee could not possibly have covered his costs. He clearly loved his music and delighted in sharing it with us.. As someone else has said, his very presence also meant that all the others in the band were top musicians. Many, many thanks, Barry.

    • Peter Butler says:

      At times like this such responses are especially comforting, Graham, to his family, his fellow musicians, his fans and friends – and for his support to me, Peter.

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