8th April 1938 - 30th Nov 2010
30/11/10 - Fred I heard today that Monty Sunshine passed away at 12.45pm today, Tuesday 30 November, with his wife Jackie at his bedside. He was 82.
01/12/10 - Monty Sunshine's funeral will be at Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, Finchley, at 11.00am West Chapel. Band meet at 10.45am Thursday 2 December. - Mike Murtagh
30/11/10 - Sad news indeed. Monty was the best bandleader I ever worked for". - Louis Lince.
30/11/10 - What terribly sad news about Monty Sunshine. He really was the nicest bloke you could ever wish to meet. A beautiful player, huge fun to be with, and an absolute gentleman. Always tremendously encouraging to younger musicians, he will be very sorely missed by jazz fans around the world. Rest in peace, Monty" - Les Bull.
30/11/10 - Monty rose to fame with the Chris Barber band in the 50s and led his own successful band until ill health forced his retirement a few years ago. I played a number of gigs with him as a guest and in his band in the 80s. I met Monty at George Webb's funeral for the first time in 20 years and was delighted that he remembered who I was. A nice chap and a pioneer of traditional jazz in the UK. See Monty playing 'The Old Rugged Cross' in 1990 with Colin Bowden and members of the Chris Barber Band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrhaR4e5Eew RIP Monty". - John Petters
Sad news that Monty died earlier today aged 82, his wife had read extracts from 'Goin' Home' to him in the nursing home which he very much enjoyed.
30/11/10 - I am so sad to hear of Monty
Sunshine's passing. He was the first jazz claimed player I ever heard, and for some time,
until I discovered George Lewis, I only bought Chris Barber records to listen to him,
Monty had a big influence on my playing. I went to see the Barber band at Kendal Brewery and asked
Monty if I could have a quick word. When I told him I played an E. J Albert Albert System clarinet he took me see his E. J Albert
instrument. We had short natter then he had to go back on stage.
Sad news indeed Fred
01/12/10 - Hi Fred,
02/12/10 - Dear Fred,
Dreadful news regarding Monty, always a delight to hear. Petite Fleur was good but Hushabye, the original one with Lonnie. was always my favourite. Were I in UK, I would request that one too.
Regards Mike Walmsley
04/12/10 -Dear Fred,
I should like to add this memory regarding the sad news of the loss of Monty Sunshine. I had an important interview at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin on a snowy day in the early 1950's when I came across him in Grafton St. He asked me where he could get the best jewellers to buy an initialled signet ring. I was able to take him to the best, and I was with him buying a smashing ring! The incident was able to distract me after what had been an anxious interview, and I have always remembered that afternoon.
Sometime around the beginning of the 1970īs Monty and his band came to Leeds Jazz Club, and when the gig was over, as we the audience left, he stood at the door and shook hands with every one of us and thanked us individually for coming. What a gentleman!
13/12/10 - Hi Fred,