Terry Perry
RIP 4th Nov 2019


Photo supplied by David J Finney

 

05/11/19 - Clive Edwards has just heard from Shelley, that her husband Terry Perry died from a severe stroke yesterday, Monday 4th November at 12.35 midday. He will be greatly missed from the local jazz scene, had run the Big Easy band for many years and was clarinet and sax dep of choice for many bands. He was also an accomplished arranger and vocalist. The Big Easy made two CDs for us to remember him by and lots of love from jazz friends will be there to support Shelley.


05/11/19 -

Terry Perry was a gentle man in the true meaning of the word. I played with him on many occasions and he was a fine player and a pleasure to work with in small groups and his 'Big Easy' Band. RIP Terry. 

Ian Royle


05/11/19 -

I'm very shocked & saddened to hear that Terry is no longer with us. I've only known him for ten years or so but in that time I became a great admirer of his playing and musicianship. He will be much missed. Thanks for letting us know,

Laurie Cooper.


05/11/19 -

This is truly tragic news for Shelley and I am sure everybody involved with any type of music who had the pleasure of playing alongside him will give Shelley all possible support .

My kindest regards to Shelley.
Brian Woods


05/11/19 -

Very sad news about Terry: He was a superb reed player, well respected in the North West and beyond: a great asset to all the bands he played in. We will miss his droll humour and inventive playing. Condolences to Shelley and family:

Jon and Kay Critchley


05/11/19 -

Very sad news. Another stalwart of Merseyside jazz gone from the scene. Deepest condolences to his family.  

John C Dorgan


05/11/19 -

Very sorry to learn of Terry’s death. I had known of him for a long time, although we only played together (both depping) a few times. He was a fine musician. I don’t know whether he was originally from the Wirral, but as a born Wirralian (long since removed) I felt a bond with him. My condolences to Shelley, a lovely lady – I think we first met at the funeral of her brother Kerry, whom I knew through Lymm Folk Club. I’m sure she would agree that the music (jazz, folk, whatever) must go on.

Sadly, but harmoniously,
John Muskett


05/11/19 - What a shock. Terry was a fine musician and a real Gent . He will indeed be very much missed, from all his many friends in the jazz world.

My sincere condolences to Shelly and family.
Peter Darwin
 


05/11/19 -

So sad to hear this news. He was an accomplished reeds player who performed with the Parade Jazzband many times. He will be greatly missed.

Roy Gregory
 


06/11/19 -

What a shock. Such an excellent reed player. He has depped with the Savoy Jazzmen over the years and was a true professional. He will be sorely missed.

Condolences to Shelley and his family.
Peter Swensson ( Savoy Jazzmen)


06/11/19 -

Dear Fred, Sad news I played with Terry many times, he was a great musician, ex army like myself. My condolences to his family.

Regards - Colin Ball


06/11/19 -

So sorry to hear of the passing of Terry Perry. He was an extremely talented musician and will be missed by many. It was a pleasure playing in his Big Easy big band for all those years and I will always appreciate the help and encouragement he gave my son Phil when he was starting out in jazz.

Jim Lucas


06/11/19 -

It was with great sadness that I heard last night of the passing of a great friend and musician, namely Terry Perry. I am sure that I can speak for all the members of the Merseysippi Jazz Band and former members of the Big Easy band in our expressions of shock and sympathy for his wife Shelley. He did much to promote jazz on Merseyside and he will be very much missed by all who knew him.

Peter and Pat Fryer.


16/11/19

My first response to this was Oh no! Not Terry! I never played in his Big Easy band, but as you say he was a very popular dep on reeds, and a favourite one with the Tuxedo band in Wallasey. When I re-started playing clarinet again a couple of years ago, Terry gave me a lot of encouragement and we started a little feature of clarinet duets into our Thursday night programmes at the Wallaseyans club, which happily have continued with the encouragement of our regular musician Gerry Owen. Terry was a lovely, unassuming man with such a sensitive approach to his music, he will be a serious loss to jazz. My condolences to Shelley and indeed to all, and there will be many, who are deeply affected by his passing.

Richard Knock


07/11/19 -

So sorry to hear this sad news about Terry.

He was a fantastic musician and a wonderful role model for me in my early days in the world of jazz. I joined Terry’s Big Easy Big Band at fourteen years of age. This allowed me to begin learning jazz tunes and to start improvising in a positive and safe environment surrounded by many superb jazz players. Terry always offered great advice and was very encouraging. Indeed, he was always keen to give new players a chance and was keen to recruit youngsters into band. My 18 years in the Band were fantastic and I will always be grateful to Terry for the opportunity he gave me.

My thoughts and prayers are with Shelly and the family at this time.
God bless Terry
RIP - Phil Lucas


07/11/19 -

I am so sorry to hear the news. I used to look forward to a gig with Terry and will miss him greatly

Michael Swift


07/11/19 -

Very sad to hear the news about Terry. I'd known him for many years but more especially after Terry founded Big Easy and asked me to join on piano. Throughout the nearly 20 years of the band, Terry was kind enough to tolerate my playing and anarchic comments with wit and good humour. Initially at the Victoria Hotel in New Brighton and in the latter years at the Melrose Hall in Hoylake, our monthly gigs attracted an enthusiastic and faithful following. But it was becoming more difficult to find deps and towards the end of 2018 Terry decided that the band's final gig would be in December, although he did intend to mark the band's 20th anniversary with a one off in November 2019. Sadly, because of ill health, this never took place. We'll all miss Terry's leadership and fine playing and the opportunity to be part of a different sort of jazz band. He was a true gentleman and Helen and I will miss him greatly. Our thoughts are with Terry's wife Shelley. The photos were taken at our final gig.

John Hill


07/11/19 - Quite a shock to read of Terry’s passing, enjoyed his playing for over twenty years.

RIP Terry. Jazz in the north-west will not be the same without your much enjoyed contributions.

Thank you. Martin and Kath Snow


09/11/19 -

Terry was a truly fine and irreplaceable musician; he will be greatly missed. He was also a very pleasant person with a great sense of humour. It has been a pleasure and privilege to both play with him, and to listen to his playing.

My sincere condolences to Shelley.

Geoff Parker


10/11/19 -

 I was upset to read about Terry Perry.I didn’t know him all that well apart from him depping with Jazz Rag which he did about 10 days before he died. Shelley sat with us, and was her usual dancing self. Thoughts are with her, and the family.

R.I.P Terry, Brenda Canty-Forrest


11/11/19 -

So sad to hear of the sad loss to Shelley, his family and many friends who enjoyed his superb musicianship. We heard him many times over the years – always a treat.

I remember him sitting-in with the Wirrorleans Jazz Band at Ma Boyle’s Oyster Bar in Liverpool, and he joined the late Don Lydiatt in a wonderful duet. Afterwards I expressed my appreciation to them both – Terry as ever the modest gentleman. Don’s response – “It’s so easy to play with Terry – he’s a listening musician.”

RIP Terry, thanks for the memories.
Terry Birkinhead.


12/11/19 -

Some twenty-odd years ago, when I was still living in the Netherlands, I was speaking on the telephone with Malcolm Hogarth, and he was raving about Terry Perry, a 'new' clarinetist who had appeared on the Merseyside scene. At first I imagined that Terry would be a jokey, clownish performer - something to do with his rhyming names (which have always amused me), but when I met and played alongside him a year or two later I knew that I couldn't have been more wrong. Terry did have a sense of humour, as is well attested among these tributes, but it was immediately obvious that he took his music very seriously indeed and was extremely knowledgeable about jazz of all kinds. I wish we had worked together more often. Apart from one-or-two outings with his Big Easy, I only had that privilege when he was depping with other bands I was also playing in, but those experiences were enough to leave me in no doubt that we have lost an expert clarinettist, saxophonist, vocalist and band-leader.

Allan Wilcox


12/11/19 -

So sorry to here the the passing of Terry Perry. I played in his big band for a while and played along side him on many occasions with other bands. Condolences to Shelly his wife and family.

Stan &  Glenys Williams


Messages via Facebook

R.I.P. Terry, that's awful news. Not seen him for a while, but always a thoroughly nice guy. Thoughts are with his family at this time.

Andy Henderson


RIP Terry, our deepest sympathy to the family, a sad loss. Could this image (at the top of this page) be passed on to Shelley in some way through closer contacts. Taken in Speke, Liverpool in May 2017 at a charity function.

David J Finney


So sorry to hear that. Terry was s great player and band leader. Condolences to his family and friends

Annie Long


Sad news RIP Terry.

Allan Robinson


I'm so sorry to hear this.

Andrew MacKenzie


R.I.P.

Harvey Duck


All a bit sudden.... still sinking in.:- Shock to hear about Terry Perry. I've not seen him for a number of years, but he was always a superb reed player and arranger, with the guts to start a big band playing his type of music. Please allow me to pass on condolences from all at Speakeasy Bootleg Band. He will be sadly missed.

Jeff Lewis


08/11/19 -

So sad To hear Fred had passed away. I enjoyed playing with him, he was a true Gentleman of Jazz. One of the the brightest.lights of the North West music scene has gone out...

My sympathy to Shelley and his Family
Tony Dunleavy


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