11/03/14 - News has just
come in from Carole Fletcher that The Jackson Square Parade
Band Marshall, Terry Eastwood died on Friday 7th March. Carole
says, "I don't know any details yet, but he had not been well for some time but
was at Rochdale Jazz three weeks ago for Frog Island. Terry was Mr Jazz in
Rochdale for many years, starting the club and running everything himself with
the help of his late wife Barbara. I expect he will have a Jazz funeral as he
organized many of them himself. He tried to get me to book mine with him a
few years ago but I told him I wasn't going yet!".
11/03/14 - Very sad news, Fred. Terry
did a lot of the parades at Pakefied and Bracklesham. RIP.
I'm so Sad and Sorry to
here of Terry Eastwood's passing, we knew each other for more than 30 years, His
late wife Barbara together with Terry used to put us up at their home each time
we can down to the Old Rochdale Jazz Cclub with my Heritage Hall Stompers, They
were always so kind. I always remember when some Guy came to the door and sold
Barbara a photo taken from the air of their Street, She was always so pleased to
point out their house in the picture. Terry !!! Well he said nowt, just looked.
We used to have some wonderful conversations over a little beverage or two or
three depending on how late the evening was and how long the whiskey lasted !!!,
Terry had so many wonderful stories about when he was in the RAF, and afterwards
as a Sales Rep.
I shall Miss Terry Very Much (He was a One Off) Who can forget when you had
finished one of his gigs when he used to say to the audience, Well give the lads
a good hand, "They Have Done Their Best" Now Next week "We Have a Good Band" ha
ha ha, Terry You were Wonderful "God Bless"
The passing of Terry Eastwood,
Rochdale's 'Mr Jazz on a Sunday' means the loss of a big traditional jazz fan
who did a tremendous amount to 'wave the flag' for Trad. Jazz in the Rochdale
Promoting regular jazz session on a Sunday at various venues since the mid 80s,
Terry became the man one could rely on for a good night out. In the 80s, local
bands had pub residencies at the old John Milne, The Eagle on Oldham Road and
The Fisherman's in Hollingworth Lake, but none survived like Terry's Sunday
sessions! Thanks to his expertise in booking good bands and some 'star' guests,
he built a reputation as being a shrewd promoter.
The first sessions, around 1984, were held at Newhey Conservative Club, a
popular venue, where many well known jazz stars such as Pat Halcox, Monty
Sunshine, Cy Laurie and Beryl Bryden appeared. The venue was closed without
notice, so Terry was forced to find somewhere quickly and went to The Waggon &
Horses in Newhey. The pub wasn't ideal for bands to play, so after a year, a
change of plan made it jazz on A Sunday lunchtime at Milnrow Workmens Club in
1986. This was a successful time with many memorable sessions, one being the
Dave Donohoe Band with guest Digby Fairweather. Eventually another venue had to
be found and Castleton Gabriels Football Club became home in the evening for a
long time. In January 1995 another move was forced upon our 'never to be beaten'
friend. Terry found Castleton Moor Conservative Club, which at the time seemed
suitable, apart from being in an upstairs room which wasn't good for the bands
getting in and out. The opening night was with The Phil Mason Band, he had a big
following which ensured a full house. Many more enjoyable sessions took place
for a while, until that venue was closed down too.
Castleton Gabriels became the regular venue again for a long time. However, life
for a jazz promoter never runs smoothly and Terry Was often confronted with
problems that had to be resolved quickly. Problems eventually forced yet another
move and for a year in 2004/5, the Kingsway Hotel upstairs room became the venue
and this was followed by sessions in the function room at The Broadfield Hotel
until July 2007. The Flying Horse in Town Hall Square was then home for a year.
But, in September 2008, it was back to Castleton Gabriels again, having been
refurbished, the first night with The Dave Donohoe Band attracted a capacity
crowd. Jazz continued there until recently. Enthusiasm never waned for Terry,
with staunch support from his late wife, Barbara. After more that 20 years of
running the club, Terry decided to ease off and a new committee was formed to
run the club. He continued to attend many sessions until last year when he
became unwell. Terry's last visit to the new venue at Newtown National Club on
Nixon Street was on the 16th February. Hew died at his home in Milnrow on Friday
Mr. Eastwood's other claim to fame was a Grand Marshal, leading New Orleans
Parade bands. He appeared at many jazz festivals from Suffolk to Hampshire. He
also lead his own band, formed specially to play at funerals. Terry left
instructions for his own 'jazz funeral' which was a Milnrow Parish Church on
Monday 31st March.
Milnrow Carnival on June 10th 2006
- Photo supplied by Alwyn Smith