Founder member and leader of The Fylde Coast Jazzmen
When the Jazzmen were formed in 1960 under the name "Fylde Coast
Stompers", their first home was an upstairs room at the 'Royal Oak' ,
Poulton-Le-Fylde, which they shared with the Royal Order of Buffaloes, with coal
fires in winter and beer at 2s 3d a pint! The Line Up comprised Ron Stephens
(Trumpet), Dave Lee (Clarinet / Alto Sax), Alan Riley (Valve Trombone / Baritone
Sax), Eric [Willy] Barrow (Banjo /Guitar), Duncan Reid (Bass) and Norman
Back Row : Willy Barrow, Duncan Reid, Norman Wakefield
Front Row : Dave Lee, Doug Whaley, Alan Riley
Photo supplied by Pete Lindup
Very very shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the
passing last night of Alan Riley. A vital member of the Fylde
jazz-scene these many decades and a Wyre Levee Stomper for the last
6 years. Not to mention a devotee of old 'B' movie Westerns. R.I.P.
Mr. Riley. The NW Jazz scene can never be the same -
John Peate -
Very sad news Pete, I worked with Alan a lot over the years, a
fantastic musician and a lovely man, Xx.
Rosie Harrison - Ah thatís sad to hear....he played outside
bispham parish church when mum and dad got married in 1972 and
worked with mum on Star town in 1978
Barbara Hebden - So many memories of working and playing
alongside Alan with my late husband on keyboard my heart goes
out to Jane and all his family x
Bill Barrow - Really sad news - a fellow Stomper and a major
part of jazz on the Fylde Coast and beyond for many years
It will be a difficult gig for us on Sunday with the Wyre Levee
Stompers at The North Euston without Alan. He will be sorely
missed by so many people.
Lynne Fox - Very sad news. He was a lovely man.
Julian Hedges - Very sad news, remember him well from the Raikes
jazz days and nights.
Dave Lee - Sad to lose my best mate and musical friend. So many
Harry Colledge - I can't come to terms with this news
David Lovatt - Very sincere condolences Pete,to all his family
Pete Lindup - Not an easy gig at the North Euston for the WLS
this afternoon. Our first without Alan.
Daniel King - Very sorry to hear this. My condolences.