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Hear Sue singing on a CD she made with Malcolm Hogarth and Isabel Toner
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. -
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.
Jon Critchley and The Original Panama Jazz Band
I just saw the sad news of Sue's passing. She was a lovely singer & a lovely person. -
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. -
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. -
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.
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)
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
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
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