Charles Wilson RIP 28th June
28/06/15 - News Item - With deep regret I must inform you and therefore all those who knew Charles Wilson, that he passed away in Wrexham Hospital, we believe on 27th June. Charles had been unwell for some time but this comes as a considerable shock to us all. He will be greatly missed by all his musician friends in the Tuxedo Jazz Band and all those who support jazz. With sadness. - Brian Woods
At that time he ran his own band, The Upper Quadrant Jazz Band and they played Saturday night at the Jenny Jones in Llangollen. I remember being amazed at Charles' ambition and determination; always selecting difficult and obscure tunes and always being meticulous about putting on a good show.
Charles was a very precise and fastidious person. Always immaculately turned out and any chords or lyrics sent to me would be in made with fountain pen in beautiful handwriting. He insisted on always performing different tunes, always with the verse and revived many obscure tunes from the 1920s.
The Upper Quadrant Jazz Band disbanded and Charles became a regular performer and dep with many bands. The River City Jazz Band, The Tuxedo Band, The Walled City, The Deeside Dixies to name a few. In the last year or so he had joined the Llangollen Brass Band and was relishing the opportunity of playing difficult pieces and developing his technique.
Charles also had a fine singing voice. He loved Al Jolson and Clancy Hayes and at one time used to play around pubs and clubs with a pianist performing a tribute to Al Jolson.
Although he had suffered from bad health for a few months, he was optimistic of recovery. Last week he seemed to become a lot worse and was admitted to Wrexham hospital on Saturday. Charles was a huge fan of Laurel and Hardy so when I visited him at hospital on Saturday evening I told him 'I've bought you some hard boiled eggs and nuts' we both had a good laugh. I stayed for a couple of hours and he seemed in good spirits and told me he would be going home in a few days. I promised to visit him again on Monday. Then at Sunday lunchtime I received the devastating news that Charles had passed away on Sunday morning.
Charles was a great,
great friend, someone I spoke to every day and someone
completely devoted to performing and preserving classic
jazz. I will miss him enormously.
So sorry to hear about Charles Wilson. I never actually played with him but it's so sad to hear of the death of another jazz musician. Condolences to his family, the River City & Tuxedo Jazz bands.
You will already
know about the sad loss of Charles yesterday, and although I
did not know him personally I loved his style. We used to
see him in Llangollen, and he also came to Cliff Crocket'Fs
100th birthday to play.
I was so sorry and shocked to hear about the death of trumpeter Charles Wilson. I played with him about a month ago in Llangollen with the Deeside Dixies and he appeared ok then. Charles never played with the Merseys but I knew him well and played with him a number of times.
So sorry to hear the sad news about Charles Wilson. It is several years now since he last played for Jazz Club 90 at the Harp in Albrighton but we remember him well with his Upper Quadrant Jazz Band. Like so many he was a true “Gentleman of Jazz” an another sad loss for the jazz world and for his family.
We were deeply shocked to hear that he had passed away ,especially as he was such a brilliant young man and an excellent trumpeter, notably on the Armstrong Hot 5 & 7 style -amongst others, that we heard at the River City venue in Conwy! He would have held his own and more amongst the superb trumpeters we see and hear at the various Jazz weekends we and you attend . I think Ken Colyer would have liked him too!!
He had a special little vocal that was not at all PC for this age but he did it brilliantly, as it was written in 1913 .....Bimbo......brings a smile to me and will remind me of him for a long time!
I was very shocked to learn of the death of Charles Wilson,
a musician whom I greatly respected. My main contacts with
him were when I depped with The Tuxedo Band at Wallasey.
Charles had evidently taken advantage of brass band training
on cornet, and produced a lyrical, chiming yet slightly
wistful sound so typical of the instrument. Even though he
played mainly trumpet for jazz in recent years, I still
think of him as having the tonal approach of a cornettist.
And he was a good singer.
So nice to see that lovely smiley
picture of Charles Wilson on this page. I met Charles about
5 years ago when I sang for the very first time ever with a
jazz band (The Tuxedo) and he was very kind to me on that
night and forever onwards. Our paths crossed many times
after that and I think I embarrassed him once when I said
how lucky Isabel (Toner) was to be standing behind him
looking at that lovely bum of his. He was a lovely man
totally dedicated to his music and always wanting to play
and sing his very, very best and coming up with new and
usual songs on so many occasions. My favourite song of his
was My Little Bimbo which always made be laugh. Like
everyone else I was shocked and upset to hear of his
passing. I had seen him two weeks earlier and I had
absolutely no idea he was so poorly and he played SO well on
that particular night. He was of course remembered by The
Tuxedo this last Thursday with tributes by members of the
band who were very obviously distraught about the whole
thing. He will indeed be very sadly missed.
just want to say how deeply saddened I was to hear of
Charles Wilson's untimely demise. He was not only an
excellent trumpet player, he was also one heck of a nice
guy. Here's hoping he's managed to locate his old friend and
mentor Billy Edwards, among the heavenly throng, and that
the two of them are making the sweetest music ever heard in
Exceedingly sad to learn of Charles Wilson’s death. It was
some years ago when I last played with The River City
Jazzband in North Wales and Charles was on trumpet. I recall
well to this day his easy musical lead and gentlemanly
personality. It was not surprising that he was ‘in demand’
with several bands.
Alan Davies (Cornwall)
Writing about Charles Wilson is going to be difficult, I know. When I first read the terrible news that he had died, I was literally left speechless. I've played with him a number of times in the last nine years while depping with The Tuxedo, the River City and the Deeside Dixies, and I always thought of him as part of the next generation - the one that would keep the flame burning when we'd gone. How could he have gone first? I loved his playing, and I loved his singing. I loved the way he knew all the verses and all the details of who wrote the lyrics and the music, and when and where the music we played was first recorded. I loved his inclusion of Al Jolson songs in his repertoire, and the skill with which he interpreted them – the perfect balance (as it seemed to me) between imitation and mimicry, admiration and wry amusement. When he took the lead, he struck the perfect balance there too – between authority and modesty. I wish I’d known him longer, and that we’d played together more often. Sadly, it will not be possible for me to attend his funeral, as much as I’d like to, but Helen joins me in sending our warmest condolences to his family and friends.