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Monday, October 14, 2013

R.I.P. Eric Clegg.

The sad news has only just reached me of the death of sax/clarinet player Eric Clegg who died on September 30. Best remembered as a member of the Phoenix Jazzmen, the Savoy Jazzmen and later with his wife, singer Carole Clegg, in Speakeasy.
Although thought of as a New Orleans stylist, the first time I heard Eric was at the Bluebell in Felling where he played an excellent version of Johnny Hodges' Sideways.
A fine player who will be sadly missed.
Lance.
PS: In the photo Eric is at the far left of the picture.

3 comments :

Roly said...

Sad news. When I first started to play regularly it was with Clem Avery at the Golden Lion, Winlaton Mill. That weekly session lasted about seven years and for much of it Eric played clarinet. With Clem tpt/vcls, Ronnie Mclean tbn, Chas Coles dms, Johnny Duncan bass. The jazz was in a small cellar type room downstairs, ideal for jazz and always a great atmosphere. Happy times and good memories.
Roly

Jude (on f/b) said...

Sad.

Patti said...

Yes, sad news - Eric used to dep sometimes with the West Jesmond Rhythm Kings. Mike has gone, and now Eric .... but before the WJRK's Eric was a regular on the NE jazz scene, since his 20's. Others memories go way back and for much longer than mine, comparative newcomer on the scene!

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