I've just had a phone call from Kath Parkinson (wife of
Ken) who rang to tell me that Tommy Lloyd who played
drums with the Jazz Aces in Manchester, had died
yesterday aged 94. I gather he lived in Royton, and his
daughter found him in bed, which must have been quite
traumatic, but nevertheless a lovely way to go. It's not
a name I've come across before, can you fill me in a
little for now, just so I can email it out to musicians,
although I've probably told you sufficient already. His
daughter has given permission for me to put it on the
site, so I'll do that tomorrow. It was a sudden death,
so no doubt the coroner will be involved, and possibly a
04/02/13 Tommy Lloyd -
TOMMY LLOYD - AN UNASSUMING BUT EVER ACCURATE DRUMMER - HAS
MOVED ON TO GREENER PASTURES
By Joe A A Silmon-Monerri
Another shock for me, personally, but I have to say, not
surprising at age 94!!! I knew Tommy very well in the old
days, but hadn't seen him for a very long time. He passed
away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday 2nd of February
2013, at some time between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., his
daughter said that he didn’t look dead at all.
We first played together in Ken Parkinson's version of the
Jazz Aces, first at the Thatched House and then at Wynn's
Licensed Restaurant on Cross Street, which still is part of
the old Corn Exchange Building, near Manchester Cathedral.
This was after the Thatched House was scheduled to be
demolished (in 1961-62), along with the nearby Manchester
Evening News building, as the Market Street/Cross Street
corner was to undergo some serious development at the time.
I was still running Joe Silmon's Jazzmen at the Thatched
House, so we had to find a new venue too; which was the
Black Lion, not far away, just beyond Deansgate, but in
Salford. Wynn's, where Ken Parkinson's Jazz Aces ended up,
was an enormous basement. If I remember rightly, that's
where the first version of the Coronation Street theme was
played; that wasn't the one with the famous Dave Browning on
trumpet, though, which I believe was in 1976.
I also knew Tommy's daughter and her husband, whose names I
had forgotten with the passage of time (about 30 years since
we last met); Tony Dunleavy and his wife Maureen recently
reminded me. They are, of course, Barbara and Malcolm. I
felt terribly ashamed about that because they were always
very nice to me; they often gave me lifts home, when there
was no way I could get back from an out-of-town gig. I’m
happy to say that they have forgiven me. They used to
support Tommy at gigs, and, of course, help him to move his
kit in and out of the venues. Ken and Tommy and a great
friend of Tommy's and myself, who was a fellow Geordie, used
to be in the building trade together. So they all drank
quite a bit. I've never seen pints shift as quickly! They
were all great fun to spend an evening with. In those days,
that lethal combination ‘drinking and driving’ wasn't
necessarily monitored, or even curtailed.
Tommy will be sadly missed by many on the local Jazz scene.
He was a very well-known drummer; he was an all-rounder in
music. He'd played a lot of dance-music and came into Jazz
from that environment. He was thoroughly dependable for the
beat and his wide knowledge of rhythms always meant a
rock-steady tempo. I never once heard anyone fault him in
any way, and he was a jolly, jovial, lovable character, who
loved being part of our dearly departed Jazz scene, no
matter what kind of a day he'd had at work. In the 70s and
80s, he sometimes depped at the Malt Shovels in Altrincham,
where I was on reeds with the Geoff Wilde Quintet. He was
standing in for the resident drummer[s] (Moe Green sometimes
and mostly Bob Jones - another two of my oldest mates in
Jazz). The bassist was mostly Colin Smith and at the
beginning, the late and great Geoff Spilsbury was on piano;
later Barrie Quilliam was the regular pianist. Occasionally,
the great Malcolm Hogarth depped, along with his Kardex
chord system. He had chords for everything! At times Tommy,
when not depping, would just come along with his Geordie
friend, who also died not long after the 80s, and would just
sit and listen to the band, without insisting on sitting-in.
He was a great friend of Tony Smith, and I think they had
played a lot together, too, but I don't have any details of
that. Tony and I have since been in touch; they mostly
played together in a band in Delph. Most of our female
vocalists, Julie Flynn, Sheila Collier and Marcia Pendlebury
(née McConnell), will, no doubt be sorry to hear this news.
He backed all three of them at some time in his lengthy
Tommy also used to run
his own quartets and trios, but I can't at the moment
provide any details of venues, personnel, or dates for that
matter. No doubt other Jazz colleagues will fill in these
gaps in their many tributes to our dearly departed, dapper,
bemoustached, broadly-smiling great old friend Tommy Lloyd.
His funeral will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the
19th of February at Dukinfield Crematorium; later there will
be a reception at the Sheldon Arms, at 2 Lord Sheldon Way,
Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7UB.
The great man passed away very peacefully in his sleep, with
that old familiar smile on his face. He had been so fit, and
still driving until only days before, that the Doctor who
signed the Death Certificate, felt that he could only write
in the cause of death as Type 2 Diabetes.
On behalf of all of us on the Manchester Jazz Scene, it only
remains for me to extend our deepest sympathy to Barbara and
Malcolm and other members of Tommy’s family. May his soul
rest at ease in the Peace of the Lord.
Joe A A Silmon-Monerri
Sad to hear of the death of Tommy Lloyd.
for a while with him in The Chicago Teddybears in the late
70s at this time led by Roy Rogers. The line up Pete
Ward [Tbn] Dereck Pierce [Bs], John Lomax [Pno] Roy
Rogers [Rds], myself Trumpet, and Tommy on percussion. I treasure a recording
made by the band [Tony Dunlevy on Tbn by then] c1980 with
memories of his daughter and son-in-law who loved their
nights with the band. Sad news yet fond memories of those
far off days.
great memories of Tom. In particular at Cross Keys in
Uppermill.. Dave Donohoe gig.. Mon nights.. packed to the
It was a stone-floored barn in the pub yard, so not being
carpeted (or anything else except a bar,) I would take one
or other of my dogs who would roam among the crowd whilst we
played, seeking attention and especially crisps. Suddenly, I
couldn't see her.. during a tune. "Where the devil is
Mindy?" Eventually spotted her,
She was up on Tommy's knee, peering over the drums between
cymbals and being entertained by Tommy. Because? Tommy had
mints. Tommy always had sweeties. Mindy remembered! He
didn't miss a beat, grinning so much that his moustache
looked like it was curled up at the end. Treasured memories
of the heydays of our jazz!
want to express my sadness on hearing of the death
of Harry Hitchin, also known as ' the lovely Harry'
from the Longton area of Stoke-on-Trent. I had the
pleasure of accompanying Harry on many of his good,
jazz songs during my many gigs with Willy's Weepers
at the Wilbraham Arms, Alsager. Despite his
ailments, Harry always gave a good performance of
any of the songs from his large repertoire.
Incidentally, Harry acquired his name, 'the lovely
Harry' during band introductions by clarinet player