Bob Hambleton
Died Saturday 15th April 2017


16/04/17 - News has just come in from the River City Band contact, Curly Jones, that trombone player Bob Hambleton died suddenly yesterday afternoon. Apparently he collapsed whilst doing a bit of gardening. Bob, for many years, also played with the The Original Dam Jazz Band, The Original Panama Jazz Band and The Blue Mags to name but a few.

17/04/17 -

Sorry to read about Bob Hambleton's death, I worked with him many years ago. Can anyone confirm that in the early days he used to play a trombone that he had painted red. Or am I thinking of someone else with a red trombone? -

Barrie Quilliam

17/04/17 -

Very sad about Bob: He joined the Original Panama Jazz Band in 1997 after leaving the Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra and left in 2008 when he and Chris moved to Llandudno and the travelling became too much. His trombone playing was greatly influenced by Vic Dickenson. I will always associate the phrase "Funnily enough" with Bob, who, in conversation, generally began his response with that. Quite a character, our thoughts go out to wife Chris. - Jon Critchley and The OPJB, past and present. -

Jon Critchley

18/04/17 -

I was really saddened & shocked to hear about the sudden death of Bob Hambleton. We worked & travelled together a lot during the 1980s & 90s & became firm friends during that time. -

Laurie Cooper.

18/04/17 -

I was very sorry to learn of Bob Hambleton's death. Bob was a founder member and musical co-ordinator of The Original Dam Jazz Band. I joined soon after the band's formation - all the original members lived in Lymm. I suppose we were no better than average for that period (early 1970s) but had a few unusual tunes (eg Melanie Safka's "Look What They've Done To My Song"), but we took the music seriously while still enjoying ourselves. Bob left to join The Heritage Band of Les Moore and Dennis Brown and I followed him soon after. We played some interesting (and strange) gigs including summer evenings in Manchester parks in parts of the city that I never knew existed. Bob, although with modernist inclinations of which I approved, could play all styles, but had the ability to convince himself that whatever style he was expected to play was exactly what he most enjoyed.

Bob eventually moved on and joined the Blue Mags and I went to the (Chester) Phoenix Band. We both moved out of Lymm and our paths rarely crossed after that. I met him when he depped with Willy's Weepers in Alsager a few years ago, and saw him most recently at Charles Wilson's funeral, almost two years since. I don't remember a red trombone (BQ) - I think he played a Getzen in ODJB days.

Bob was an excellent musician and a thoroughly nice bloke. I think we both had similar ideas where we would have liked the music to take us, but to keep playing we had to fit in with what others wanted. Given how little we saw of each other over the last twenty or thirty years, it seems a bit odd to say that I shall miss him, but I'm feeling the loss of someone who I would have regarded as indestructible: gardening is perhaps as good a way as any to go. My condolences to his family and close musical colleagues.


John Muskett

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