RIP 2nd Jan 2020
Left-to-right: Pete Mooney (d/bs),
Dave Potts (bjo), Allan Dent (tpt), Dave Berry (dms),
03/01/20 - Tony Iddon, who many will know because he ran The Red River Jazzmen for probably fifty years, died in hospital last night. He was taken in at the end of November and I went to see him earlier this week, when his condition had deteriorated rapidly from last week so it was a blessing when he went. As soon as I know funeral details I will let you know. - Bernard Selby
So sad to hear this.
Condolences to his family.
I am sorry to hear of the death of Tony Iddon. I played with the Red River Jazzmen in the '60's and in my opinion it was one of the best bands in the country at that time. I rejoined the band over 30yrs later. Unfortunately Tony was not in the best of health and the band eventually folded.
Tony led the Reds for 50yrs which is quite an achievement.
I put this video up again yesterday (see below), to say Thank you and Goodbye to Tony Iddon - Clarinetist and leader of The Red River Jazzmen from Manchester - who passed away on January 2nd 2020.
I was the singer in the band during the 1980’s and we played Dresden in 1984 and 1990 - this clip is from 1984, with the great Danny Moss guesting on Tenor Saxophone - a moment in time I will never forget.
The Red River were the greatest of the Manchester Bands with a weekly residency in Stockport - Manchester - downstairs in the cellar of the Warren Buckley Pub with many famous guest musicians.
They also played my first Hayfield
Jazz Festival in 1983 with guest Bruce Turner on Alto .
I was really sorry to learn that Tony had died. Although I never heard the Red River Jazz Band, I knew their enviable reputation and felt very honoured (not to say over-awed) to find myself sharing the bandstand with Tony back in 1991 when I joined Bricktop’s Red Onion Jazz Babes for the first of several annual trips to New Orleans. The eight-piece band that year included two reed-players, the other being Dave Mott. It was a lovely band to play in – and in such a setting! – but my fondest memories include clarinet-duet features between Tony and Dave, notably a beautiful two-part arrangement of Clarinet Marmalade, and Tony’s unforgettable lyrical low-register rendering of Trogg’s Blues. Such a gifted musician! Such a loss!
See also www.jazznorthwest.co.uk/jazz1964.htm for more music and photos.
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