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Saturday, March 23, 2013

RIP Derek Watkins

Derek Watkins died yesterday. One of the great British lead trumpet players he was first call for every major session. I didn't know he'd played on the soundtrack of every James Bond movie from Dr. No to Skyfall but I did know he'd played and recorded with the British bands put together by Benny Goodman and Maynard Ferguson - I guess Maynard knew what to look for in a trumpet player. 
Dankworth, Heath, Clarke-Boland, Harry South, Stan Tracey were just some of the others who benefited from his precise section work
My late Uncle Bob, lived in Uxbridge and wasn't a jazz person. However, he knew Derek Watkins as someone who occasionally popped into his local social club many years ago! 
Derek Watkins died March 22, 2013 age 68. Sadly missed.
Lance.

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