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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Another Tribute to Clem.

So sorry to hear the news of the death of Clem Avery. As you know Lance, Clem did go back a long way, when my father Hughie Aitchison and he used to play on the Tyneside Jazz scene in the 1950's, and of course those great years when I was a boy taken by my dad to Forth Banks New Orleans Jazz Club in the 1960's, to hear and meet all of those great characters on the jazz scene at that time.
I myself did go through a music course with Clem at The College of Arts And Technology in Newcastle in the early 1970's. He was always a warm and gentle man, and a very knowledgeable musician. It was just a couple of years ago that I took my wife, Jeannie, over to see and meet him playing with the Rae Brothers, and after all the years since I had last seen him he was still the same warm and talkative Clem. I'm sure he will be very much missed on the local jazz scene. Many thanks Lance for keeping me up to date...

Sincerely Colin Aitchison Hong Kong

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