Alan Riley
RIP 4th April 2019

Founder member and leader of The Fylde Coast Jazzmen


When the Jazzmen were formed in 1960 under the name "Fylde Coast Stompers", their first home was an upstairs room at the 'Royal Oak' , Poulton-Le-Fylde, which they shared with the Royal Order of Buffaloes, with coal fires in winter and beer at 2s 3d a pint! The Line Up comprised Ron Stephens (Trumpet), Dave Lee (Clarinet / Alto Sax), Alan Riley (Valve Trombone / Baritone Sax), Eric [Willy] Barrow (Banjo /Guitar), Duncan Reid (Bass) and Norman Wakefield (Drums).


Back Row : Willy Barrow, Duncan Reid, Norman Wakefield
Front Row : Dave Lee, Doug Whaley, Alan Riley


Photo supplied by Pete Lindup

5 April

Very very shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing last night of Alan Riley. A vital member of the Fylde jazz-scene these many decades and a Wyre Levee Stomper for the last 6 years. Not to mention a devotee of old 'B' movie Westerns. R.I.P. Mr. Riley. The NW Jazz scene can never be the same -

Pete Lindup

Further messages courtesy of

John Peate - Very sad news Pete, I worked with Alan a lot over the years, a fantastic musician and a lovely man, Xx.

Rosie Harrison - Ah thatís sad to hear....he played outside bispham parish church when mum and dad got married in 1972 and worked with mum on Star town in 1978

Barbara Hebden - So many memories of working and playing alongside Alan with my late husband on keyboard my heart goes out to Jane and all his family x

Bill Barrow - Really sad news - a fellow Stomper and a major part of jazz on the Fylde Coast and beyond for many years
It will be a difficult gig for us on Sunday with the Wyre Levee Stompers at The North Euston without Alan. He will be sorely missed by so many people.

Lynne Fox - Very sad news. He was a lovely man.

Julian Hedges - Very sad news, remember him well from the Raikes jazz days and nights.

Dave Lee - Sad to lose my best mate and musical friend. So many memories.

Harry Colledge - I can't come to terms with this news

David Lovatt - Very sincere condolences Pete,to all his family and friends.

Pete Lindup - Not an easy gig at the North Euston for the WLS this afternoon. Our first without Alan.

Daniel King - Very sorry to hear this. My condolences.

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