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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

RIP Joe Shenton

I received the sad news today from Ray Shenton that his brother Joe Shenton (pictured left.) died earlier today - Lance
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Dear Lance.
Sorry to have to tell you but my brother Joe Shenton passed away today at a hospital in Kettering.
Joe played washboard with the River City Jazzmen for three decades after the birth of the Band in the late fifties.
I last played with him at the Great Whittington Jazz Picnic in August 2010. His amazing washboard playing gave the band their distinctive sound.
Ray Shenton.
PS: Joe was 82. his funeral is on Friday June 15 at Kettering Crem.
PPS: Colour pic from Brian Bennett (see comments).
River City photos.

1 comment :

Brian Bennett said...

Here's a pic which my wife, Jan, took of Joe playing tambourine and washboard with his brother Ray's band, The Victory V Jazzmen, at Ovingham Reading Room in January 2008.
L to R: Joe Shenton; Mike Harrison, sousa; Bruce Carnaffin, clarinet; Herbie Hudson, trombone; Brian Bennett, banjo; John Cowan, trumpet; (Ray Shenton, piano, not in picture).
You'll notice the date on Joe's washboard is 1955, presumably the year the River City were founded. RIP Joe, a true legend on the north east jazz scene.

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