Zoot and Al are going to be on home turf in Bournemouth on Saturday 24th, doing a cheaper-than-chips lunchtime concert at St Peter’s Church. You’d be plain crazy to miss this one. Come and wish Zoot a happy birthday-plus-one-week. You could make a couple of happy men very old indeed.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ve all been missing these past few months – a taste of two stalwart Big Roll Band members when they were alive and rolling. Paul McCallum, a schoolfriend and my bass player for the last 20 years of his talented life, and Nick Newall – tenor player in all my Roll Band recordings, longest time friend (from my twenties!) Also featuring Glenn Nightingale on guitar and Jeff Allen on drums. A great night captured by video recordist William John Baker. Enjoy their abilities…with affection.
Paul Williams 1940-2019
One more Roller gone.
Again fate helps me to remember the truly pleasurable friendship I shared with the talented, funny, on-the-edge but charming with it … Paul Williams.
From the moment we met in ’63 when we both played in the Wes Minster Five right up until only two weeks before his ‘leaving’ I never stopped laughing in his presence.
My kindest thoughts go to Diane, Sam and Ashton of course. Wonderful voice, good bass player, excellent fake piano-player with a remarkable ear for harmony and absurd humour. An enormous loss to music and friends.
Rest in peace Squiblett … your memory will stay with me forever.
Miss you so much already Nick ‘Noola’ Newall.
This one’s hard.
My many instrument talented tenor player and wise dignified friend of 60 yrs has passed into the ether last night.
Never a cross word or wrong note passed his lips in all the time we spent together, in vans, cars, buses, planes and smelly band rooms in all the towns we played.
The longest standing member of the Roll Band (Big or little) he always contributed more than his recompense.
His class continues to show in that he requested no funeral so all I can do to indicate my respect is to recommend you listen to the countless impeccable solos he provided on my and many others’ recordings.
Warm heartfelt memories of great intelligent humour to his dear Marilyn and their son that will no doubt carry them through this painful time. His quiet voice and laugh are with us still.
(ZM Oct 2, 2017)
Nick Newall, from Barcodes & Friends CD
Get booking now, because Thursday 26th of October …yes THIS month… Big Roll will be rolling into the Bulls Head, Barnes.
We will remember the late Nick Newall: replacing him on tenor will be the very able Nick Payne.
A celebration of Nick N’s life will be announced later on Facebook for friends and musicians to pay respects.
Meanwhile… see you on Oct 26th. Right?
With a wounded heart it falls to me to thank all who have sent their kind thoughts for the
loss of one of the human race’s most beautiful souls so she can rejoin her fellow angels .
Ever lively, amusing, curious of everything and everybody, helpful, loving, ever witty,
cheeky, my little warrior woman Ronni passed through my and many other’s lives bestowing
advice, help and always with absolute frightening honesty.
Although hundreds had a truly valuable meeting or relationship with her either as Vera McCann, Vonnie, Veronica, Veron or even ‘Scots Ronni’, I was the luckiest of all and got to be her soul mate for an unbelievable life commitment of over 50 years.
Although now alone, I not only have two sons, a daughter, two grandkids, a great grandchild and a further expected great grandchild to remind me of her positive attitude and beliefs…..
and that doesn’t include the thousands of moments and events she was involved in or
indeed instigated, that shall help spur me on with laughter and love in the future.
If you ever met her, consider yourself lucky and blessed but if you didn’t and want to show
respect…. then help someone else and their family who have been affected by this vile unforgiving disease via. <veronicaronni.money.muchloved.com>
Thank you again.
Details of service will be posted on Facebook when fixed.