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Thursday, August 13, 2020

RIP Brian Whittle.

Lewis Watson sent me the sad news that well known northeast reeds player and teacher has passed on. I'm sure there must be many musicians with fond memories of this great musician who would like to share them with us - Lance
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My old friend and teacher Brian Whittle died on 11th August in hospital in Spain, I hope this posting is seen by some of the many people that studied and worked with Brian over many years, a wonderful Alto player, much loved and respected by all who were fortunate to know him.  Rip.Brian

Lewis Watson

6 comments :

Richard Emmerson (On F/b) said...

That's sad news. A lovely man and a great player. I had the pleasure of playing alongside him in The Little Big Band on Tyneside in the 80's and occasionally with Voice of the North. Unforgettable!

Ian Stocks (On F/b) said...

Brian and I worked several times together. He was a fine saxophone player..several funny stories about him and Arthur...sad news .

CCJAZZMEN said...

Very sad news indeed. Brian was one of the tutors when I was at the College Of Arts and Technology in Newcastle in the early 1970's and he used to take the student big band.

I will never forget being late for a rehearsal, and there is nothing worse than walking in
and everyone looking at you, Brian looked at me and said 'Teddy Foster' would never stand for this ! most students had know idea who Teddy Foster was, but he knew I did..

Wonderful teacher & musician. R.I.P.

Colin Aitchison (Hong Kong)

Peter 'Tubby' Ayton said...

So Sorry to hear of the passing of Brian-great sax player with a wonderful sense of humour. I worked alongside him when I taught bass at Newcastle College and played with him in various bands and ensembles over the years.Visited him at home one day, he invited me to his garden shed, to show me some of his wood carving, and the lathe he used, I hadn't been aware of his talent in this direction. I am sure Brian will be ok where he is now, as long as they don't have to play 'In the Mood'! - RIP Brian - Peter 'Tubby' Ayton.

Ray Harley said...

Brian Whittle, I would just like to say that he was just such a lovely unassuming man who I had so much admiration for and my pal in Portugal, Gary Cox was also in awe of the man.

Jason Greenwell said...

Very sad to discover Brian has passed on. He was my first sax tutor at New College Durham in the 80's. I used to love listening to his stories about his musical escapades. The mixtapes he used to make still contain some of my favourite music to date - sorry Brian I never did master the alto sax solo from 'Invincible' (Don Ellis). An inspiring teacher and a lovely man.

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