Dick died at the weekend after falling ill in the autumn of last year. We miss him very much in The Jazz Gentlemen, for his friendship and also for the terrific foundation he gave the band. He was very easy to play with and swung like the proverbial clappers. He also listened, so that it was easy when playing with him to get those shifts of dynamic that are so valuable in creating variety in the music. We're grateful to have shared so much enjoyable music with him over the past decade.
A sentence from an email I've received from one of Dick's carers speaks volumes: "I have been caring and looking after him for the last 5 weeks and I am very grateful to have met such a friendly, caring, respectful and charming man."
I learned last Sunday from George Galway of the death of drummer Dick Nancarrow on the previous day. Dick played for many years with (the late) Don Long at Ganders' in Manchester, and more recently had been with the Jazz Gentlemen, based in St Helen's. It's a few years since we last played together, but I always enjoyed both his company and his drumming.
I was devastated to hear the very sad news of Dick Nancarrow. I worked with him in many of Manchester's Jazz outfits over the decades, I had no idea he was ill.
Thanks for passing the sad news about Dick Nancarrow to me Fred. I didn't even know that he was ill. He was a great musician and a lovely guy, and someone whose company I valued very much on the rare occasions when I got to work with him in the last few years. I know that Kieth and the chaps in The Jazz Gentlemen will miss him greatly.
I am very sorry to hear of Dick Nancarrow's death. I played beside Richard, (as I usually addressed him) in Keith Allcock's Doctor Jazz. With Keith's driving bass playing and Richard's great swing, timing and dynamics, what more could you ask for. It was, for me, a great honour to play with them. Richard could sometimes have a dour appearance but that would turn to jovial in an instant. He was a good friend during that period and would often call me, particularly when he was having difficulties with his computer. He will be sadly missed.
This is very sad news Fred (and Keith) though not unexpected. Dick Nancarrow gigged with my Dad in the 'dance band' days of yesteryear. Dad always said 'That young Nancarrow is a really great drummer to play with. He swings, never gets in the way and he knows instinctively how to support a frontline player'. I was fortunate in later years to dep with Keith Allcock's Band and have Dick on drums. A lovely guy and a very fine drummer. RIP Dick - the song may be ended but your paradiddles linger on.
My own tribute to Dick is rather late in being sent but none the less very sincere. I first played with him briefly at Ganders, Manchester, when, together with the late trombonist, Mike Holland, I was deputising for an absent Don Long. Later, I played with Dick, Don and his group, for three weeks at the Casa Bar in Zürich. I was immediately impressed by Dick's swinging style and the way that he could seize upon and embellish the idiosyncrasies of soloing members of the band, not to mention provide the most appropriate mainstay of the group itself. I had no hesitation in suggesting he should join our band, then called 'Razzamajazz', when we lost, through illness, the services of our then drummer, Bill Morton. Since then he has been the bedrock of 'Jazz Gentlemen'.
He was a real gentleman; very clear about which tunes and rhythms were not his real favourites,but (usually) prepared to give way to an otherwise majority vote! We shall all miss him greatly.
Tribute sent to band leader Keith Allcock
sad news, Dick was a nice man to chat to, we are sorry
to hear that he has passed away.
sorry to hear of the death of Dick Nancarrow. I have
such good memories of his playing over the years. One
highlight was the concert in Neston Church. It was such
a cold night but the hot music made up for it all !
news regarding Dick Nancarrow. He will be sadly missed
by the Jazz Gentlemen as a brilliant drummer and a
friend. I always found him entertaining, polite & happy
to answer my dumb questions. He was always alert,
listening when playing and was one of those characters
who spoke with his eyes.
Ann and I were very sad to read that Dick Nancarrow had
died. We thoroughly enjoyed his contribution to The Jazz
Gentlemen over the years and sincerely regret that this
has come to an end.
sorry to hear about Dick. He was very laid back for a
drummer, not a great exhibitionist but he had a great
was with great sorrow that I read of the recent death of
Dick Nancarrow. I knew that he had been ill, evidenced
by the fact that he did not appear with The Jazz
Gentlemen on their recent gig at the Shrimper in
Southport, but I had not realised his illness was
anything serious. I had met him and heard him play many
times over the years - he was a very friendly chap and a
really good swinging drummer. .
SAD PASSING OF YET ANOTHER GREAT LOCAL MUSICIAN -
Apart from Dick's cousin Sarah and her husband, Roger, the only family members present, who loved the music played at the Reception, and wished all present to be thanked for turning up, some with instruments and playing so well, I'd say that there were about 25 people in attendance at the Crematorium Chapel. The same number followed on to the Reception later on, at the Manchester City Police Horse and Dog-Training centre, at Hough End, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, where there used to be a thriving Sunday Jazz club not long ago. John Gordon and Cathy, Mike Reddin (both guitarless) and Mr & Mrs Tony Dunleavy were present, as were Don Long's widow, Mary, and her daughter Claire. The musical send-off was provided by the following musicians, some alternating: Maurice Gavan (pno), Keith Allcock (dbs), Barry Aldous (clt/tsx), Mick Burns (tpt), George Galway (clt), Terry Brunt (tbn), Tony Dunleavy (tbn) and me (sop. sx). Sarah and Roger went away delighted that Dick had had such a polished musical send-off. Dick had organised and paid in advance for his own funeral, and had instructed his solicitor to organise a hot-and-cold buffet for the mourners - which was very good .