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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Ernie Jackson on Tony Scott

Hiya Lance. Been looking on your website and out came a blast from the past. Larry Allan!
I worked with Larry Allan in Hong Kong in the 1960s. He did solo piano in the KIT KAT bar on Nathan Rd. at that time I was doing concerts in The City Hall with Tony Scott the clarinetist and Larry was on piano. As you will know Tony did an awful lot with Bill Evans. When I first met Tony he had just come back from Thailand - he had been teaching the King of Thailand clarinet. He went to Italy and sadly died there.
He, Tony Scott, was a brilliant musician - a bit of a nutter, but a great muso.
Its a pity nobody ever mentions Tony, that man worked with everybody in jazz. Ellington, Bill Evans, too many to mention. I once asked an alto player about some clarinet stuff and mentioned Tony and he said Tony who!
He wrote some great and weird music and loved playing with the top Filipino musicians. When he came into the "BACKROOM" he always brought his clarinet. THE BACKROOM was the only jazz only room in Hong Kong and I was fortunate to be in the great Luis Francisco Trio with Ernie Dizon on bass, Luis was the man in HK then and it was a dream playing with a player of his calibre.
The filipino musicians were incredible Vestre Roxas, Bading Tuason, Angel Pena.
Check out these names and you`ll find some famous filipinos such as Danny Barcelona and Bobby Enriques - he played for Richie Cole.
Ernie Jackson

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Hi Lance,
Yes, did meet Ernie Jackson a couple of times in the North East on my visit's, the names he does mention are even before Ned Kelly's, some of the guys do remember some of them from when they were growing up, and as young musicians, and I did hear before about Tony Scott, being over here, wonderful bit of Hong Kong music history, I'll post it on my Facebook page.
Thanks Ernie & Lance

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