More sad news. Pianist/arranger/Bandleader Bryan Jones died last night fter a long illness.
Bryan led a big band in the Midlands area for forty years and I played in it for about eighteen of them. Several musicians from the North-West played with the band. Bryan was a lovely man, wrote great 'charts' and was an excellent pianist in both big bands and small groups.
The funeral will be conducted at the Emstrey Crematorium and Cemetery, London Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6PS on Tuesday 26th February at 11a.m., and afterwards at the Arthur Rowley Suite, Shrewsbury Football Club, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ST (this venue is about 5 minutes away).
If you are able to attend the family and friends will be pleased to see you there.
Colin & Rosemary Jones
Like so many other musicians over a very wide area, I am saddened to learn of the loss of Pianist/Arranger - Bryan Jones. Over many years I have been very aware of his contribution to the music scene through his love of 'Big Band' music. I have listened with joy to some of the finest musicians in the west Midlands and North-west, as they played the dynamic arrangements produced by Bryan. His presence at the piano was exemplary, and I always envied his technique and style.
I still owe Bryan a debt of gratitude since he was instrumental (a nice word!) in introducing me to the late Roy Castle, when he invited me to compere a Concert many years back at Ellesmere Port Town Hall, leading to a long and happy association with Roy.
In later years I shared the 'piano stool' with Bryan when we joined the Wall City Jazz Band in Chester. He was 'one of a kind' and will be greatly missed