John Pashley RIP 20th Sept 2019
20/09/19 - Sad news, I'm afraid. John Pashley’s daughter-in-law Helen rang, to say that John had passed away today (Friday) around mid-day. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer some months ago and has bravely coped with the problems since, some in hospital and also being cared for by Maureen and family.
A proud Yorkshireman, he was a popular musician, mainly on trumpet (and vocals), but also played many other instruments. I last saw him in December 2018, when he ‘depped’ with the Savoy Jazzmen at The Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool in the afternoon and then at Widnes RUFC in the evening.
John had a ‘catholic’ music taste, but his first love was the jazz of New Orleans, and he played in many parade bands.
He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Maureen, Helen and family. R.I.P. John.
Sad to hear that Fred,
Sad news Fred, he'll be missed.
How sad. Although I knew John had been very poorly for many months and heard early September he only had weeks to live it still came as a shock to hear he had actually passed away. John played with the Savoy Jazzmen once a month for many years some 10-15 years ago and it was always such a pleasure to have him with us. Although his first love was New Orleans music he seemed to know what an audience wanted and would suggest tunes not normally played by a N.O. band. Whatever tune we selected he just knew it, he just wanted the key and off we would go. He always gave a good positive lead and was a natural band leader.
My condolences to Maureen & Helen.
Peter Swensson. (Savoy Jazzmen)
My condolences to Helen and family .
Fond memories of John Pashley playing in the parade bands at Hayfield Jazz festival in the 1980’s
I’m very sorry to hear that John Pashley has passed away. As a fellow trumpeter, of course, we rarely met on gigs, although I’ve played on a number of parade jobs with John, going back quite a number of years, and more recently he depped for me with the Tuxedo band, on a number of occasions. A fine player, with a great personality and sense of humour. I have some of his (unquotable!) quips in my head right now! It was a pleasure to know him, and the jazz world will miss him greatly. R.I.P. John.-
That is very sad to hear. 'Pash' was an absolute stalwart of New Orleans Jazz. His dedication was unmatched and I -We-admired him for his stubborn pursuit of that 'sound' he wished to recreate. Go in peace Pash. If Gabriel has a marching band, you'll be doing the arrangements no doubt.
21/09/19 - So sorry to hear
about Pash, he was a great asset to the Eclipse band, moving
seamlessly from sax to lead trumpet when I was desperate.
Not only a fine musician but a pedant, always using correct
English. I will miss the erudite discussions we had on the
way to gigs where John was always proved right!
I was really saddened to hear about John Pashley.
I was in touch with John a few weeks ago and he'd obviously been
through a pretty awful time.
We all loved John, he knew
his New Orleans jazz so well. In my band's early days he would often
dep on trumpet and travelled a long way to play for little money, as
others will know. He would often take over the band, it didn't
bother me as he was good at it, better than me.
So sad to hear about John Pashley's passing. I
played with John on and off for more than 40 years, often on
parades, and he was a regular guest with the Savoy Jazzmen for some
years. We always managed to fit in a clarinet duet at some time
during the evening. I was in touch with him earlier this year when
he was home from hospital awaiting further therapy and he was
playing both trumpet and clarinet at home without difficulty.
I've known Pash for over 45 years and have played in many bands with him. He was indeed a proud Yorkshire Man and a one off. Although his first love was New Orleans style jazz - he named his last band John Pashley and Friends - and he would say to us - shall we play a bit Oh'Daft ,followed by a bit Oh'Latin, then without a thought he would include a beautiful slow ballad, that many would not even attempt to include in the program. But that was John -
RIP Dear Friend.
Keith Daniel West Yorkshire
I worked with Pash sporadically over many years
via many different connections and bands, starting with Jim Wilkes
and most recently ..New Orleans Wiggle.
Could I reinforce all that
has been written about John Pashley? Although we never played
regularly together I’ve known him for close on forty years,
encountering him when one, or both, of us has been depping. Two
anecdotes will suffice. Quite some years ago we fell into a
discussion about diminished seventh chords. John pointed out that
quite often the diminished was a substitution for a dominant seventh
with a flattened ninth – as in the first middle eight bar of Making
Whoopee – in the key of G an E7-9, followed very logically by Am
(then D7-9). A lesson remembered.
He was a most caring person
and was extremely supportive of drummer Bill Evans when Bill had
health problems a year ago. He visited Bill (and Ann) regularly, a
favour which Bill has returned, seeing John at home and in hospital
during John’s recent, final, illness.
Much has been said about Pash - or Fats as he was affectionately known to some - and, for me personally, he had a lot to answer for ! For it was his band being engaged by the landlord of what was my regular Sunday night haunt in the late 70s - the Jack & Gill, not far from my then home in Allerton, Bradford - that first got me interested in trad jazz. And I have never looked back ! However, John's recent passing has gotten me harking back to that period, and for the life of me I cannot recall the drummer and banjo players