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Susan Reid-Povall
RIP 4th November 2021

Hear Sue singing on a CD she made with Malcolm Hogarth and Isabel Toner


18/11/21 -

I just found out last night that Sue Reid-Povall had died. I checked with your website and it was not mentioned. Over the years I had put on concerts for Sue to sing with her fellow musicians. I telephoned her husband Mike and he gave me permission to send you the details.  Sue was being treated for cancer originally pancreatic, which had spread to her lungs. She went into Arrowe Park Hospital on Tuesday 2nd November and peacefully passed away around midday on Thursday 4th November.  She received wonderful care at the hospital. Sue did not want a funeral, but she will be remembered by all the local jazz scene and memories and photographs can be added on JazzNorthWest.  Donations can be made to one of the Cancer charities.  We really miss you Sue and our thoughts go out to Mike. -

Clive Edwards

19/11/21 -

Like Clive, by chance I found out only a few days ago about Sue. She was always welcome to sing with the band when she visited The Irby Club with Mike, but she had to be asked and never expected to. She was a most self-effacing girl, never really accepting that she was the best around. She sang in “proper” keys, and always let a good melody come through without the pretentiousness of thinking it could be improved on by twisting it and adding syllables that don’t exist. And all without the use of semaphoric arm- waving.

We dedicated last night’s gig at The Irby Club to her, starting with Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, which she used to sing, and later with Andrew McKenzie and the rhythm section doing “You’ve Changed”, which Sue had sung beautifully on a CD featuring her, Malcolm Hogarth and Isabel Toner. Incidentally, Malcolm has copies of that CD, the proceeds of which go to Clatterbridge Hospital. RIP Sue, and condolences to Mike. -

Jon Critchley and The Original Panama Jazz Band

19/11/21 -

I just saw the sad news of Sue's passing. She was a lovely singer & a lovely person. -

Laurie Cooper

19/11/21/ -

I can only endorse in full John Critchley’s comments about Sue. She was a regular attender at the Tuxedo band’s gigs in Wallasey, it was always a delight to see her there and a privilege to be in the band backing her wonderful, sensitive singing. To lose a talented musician like Sue is always going to be a tragedy, but we can be thankful that were fortunate to be able to accompany her and enjoy her music. -

Richard Knock

25/11/21 -

I only met Sue a couple of times, when she happened to be present and sat in with bands I was depping with. I shall always remember her talent and her warm personality, but I was particularly struck by the care and generosity she showed to Billy Edwards in his final illness, as revealed on his tribute page. She was clearly a very special person. -

Allan Wilcox

28/11/21 -

Sue Reid was a very talented singer who, despite not singing in public until 2011 went on to sing in several bands in and around the North West. She first sang with the Tuxedo Jazz Band in Wallasey and gradually gained confidence from those first airings, and went on to sing regularly with the Parade Jazz Band at the Boathouse in Parkgate.

She started jazz evenings with diners at the Albion in Chester with Isabel Toner and myself - we've found a programme from 01/02/14 - which later included Dave Dixson on reeds.

About this time she started coming to the Hand Hotel in Llangollen and eventually sang regularly with the band, The Deeside Dixies, until December 2016.

Together with John Higham of the Merseysippi Jazz Band, we played sessions in Parkgate Market, originally on Friday evenings, and subsequently on Saturday mornings. Unfortunately, the Saturday market had few visitors, and we decided to cease these sessions.

She made a CD with Isabel and myself on 13/03/15 at Whitby Recording Studios, Ellesmere Port, of which we have 7 spare copies - these are available for £5 each, the proceeds going to Clatterbridge Hospital where she received treatment.

She had a superb voice and enhanced any band that she sang with. She is sadly missed by all who knew her. -

Malcolm Hogarth

28/11/21 -

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sue Reed. Sue sang regularly with the Parade Jazzband for most of 2015 when the band was still playing at the Boathouse in Parkgate. She had beautiful silk like tone to her voice and sang in a most professional manner. Sue brought an air of sophistication to our musical proceedings and had a really good repertoire of American standards. She had a keen eye for presentation and most successfully re arranged the concert room to give it a jazz club feel. Sue went on to have a very successful singing career with various trios, quartets and larger bands including her own. She will be greatly missed by the Jazz community. -

Roy Gregory (the Parade Jazzband)

30/11/21 -

I became aware of Sue's tremendous singing ability by calling in, a few years ago, to see the Parade Jazz band at Parkgate. I then asked her if she knew anybody who might be interested in singing some songs from the Great American Songbook, thinking that she would be too busy, but she expressed an interest and that led to our first get-together. Fairly soon, I involved guitarist Keith Singleton, and so, 'Reid between the Lines' was born and it has been very rewarding playing music with Sue. The only regret is that we didn't meet her many years earlier. In the event, with Sue's wonderful interpretive skill, we achieved what I believe was a high standard of music, creating some pleasurable musical moments for Sue's audiences. I'm thinking about the Neston Music Festival, our regular performances at the Floral Pavilion, at the café at Thurstaston, at the Old Garden Care Home and at some private parties.

My memories are the fun of getting together to rehearse new material, the pleasure of hearing her wonderful versions of the great standard songs and playing to appreciative audiences. Fortunately, we have some recordings of her work on CDs and I'm hoping that Keith will, in due course, put these together as a retrospective of her work. She will, of course, be sadly missed by all her musical associates, not just because of her wonderful voice and effortless sense of style, but also as a steadfast friend, totally supportive and completely reliable. -

Robin Thomas

I only recently found out about this tribute page and so would like to add a few words to it myself.

Ironically Sue and I started singing at the same time in 2011; and we also both began our careers late, so we had a lot in common. We were both very nervous at first and encouraged and supported each other when performing and over the years Sue became a trusted friend.  She had the most amazing voice, I could have listened to her for hours.. and often did . She was a true jazz singer.

The last time I saw her was just a few weeks before her death, when she felt well enough to attend a gig. She arrived looking chic, as usual, sang amazingly well, as usual, and stole the show..... as usual .....    I don't know if you will read this or not Michael, but if you do you must have been so proud of her that day, and despite the gravity of her illness I never once heard her complain during those last two years.. She was full of grace till the end.

We shared the stage together for the last time that day, and sang " It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing ". ( Sue's choice, ) We got the harmonies and lines all muddled up at the end, and she laughed so much with that lovely smile of hers. .. 

Needless to say, I will always think of her when I hear that song ...
"Goodbye dear Sue, and Bless you wherever you are "
So sadly missed by us all and gone far too soon

Jacky (Quilliam Shaw)


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