Photograph taken 13/11/2005 at Beaufort Hotel, Burscough - FB
Some sad news I’m afraid. Tony Davis
passed away last Friday, 10th February at the home of his daughter Jackie in
Great Sankey, Warrington. He had been in hospital a few days previously but
returned home on the Thursday and passed away peacefully at home the next day.
Tony was a wonderful character who did a
tremendous amount of work for jazz in the Northwest - remember his Jazz FM radio
programmes on Sunday evenings ? He was a lone voice promoting our Traditional
Jazz on the airwaves. He also, with the help of his wife Beryl, promoted jazz
concerts at New Brighton, which raised thousands of pounds for charities - the
Mozambique flood disaster and the Gujarat earthquake in India - with musicians
donating their time for free.
Tony’s funeral is on FRIDAY 24TH
FEBRUARY, at 3pm at Warrington crematorium (Walton Lea), Chester Road, Higher
Walton WA4 6TB.
The family have said that if jazz
musicians wish to attend and play a tribute to Tony, they would be most welcome.
Our sincere condolences are with Tony’s widow, Beryl and all her family.
very sad to hear this. I can go back to his days with the Spinners and watched
many a programme on TV, some coming from the Octagon Theatre in Bolton. I also
saw the Spinners when they brought the farewell tour to Preston. Little did I
realise in those days how well I would get to know him.
had been one of my greatest supporters when it came to this web site. In some
ways he was responsible for the site coming together in the first place. Having
been a radio ham since soon after leaving school, I'd always been happy tuning
around on the radio looking for new radio stations, and in 1994 I came
across a test transmission for a new station on VHF. It was called JazzFM which
was about to start up in Manchester and one of the programmes being advertised
was "Tony's Tradtime" which was specifically for followers of traditional Jazz.
The music being played was just like the music I used to love in the late 50s
early 60s. So I was there on 4th September listening to his programme and
discovering that the music was still being played live up and down the North
West, and Tony would tell us where it was happening. His signature tune was, of
course, Doctor Jazz.
was after visiting some of the jazz venues mentioned on Tony's programme coupled
with my interest in electronics/computing and a short University course to find
out what this "Internet" was all about, that I started the web site, which at
the time was called "Traditional Jazz in Lancashire".
day I even ventured to email Tony at JazzFM to solve a question for me. "What
was the difference between New Orleans & Dixieland Jazz". I felt I was
more at home with New Orleans Jazz, so told him which bands I liked and what
instruments I preferred. I was surprised to get a phone call soon after,
from the studio, to be given the obvious answer. "What you like", he said, "is
the site developed, Tony began to give it a plug on his show most weeks. He was
always there to offer advice and I never ceased to be amazed at his
encyclopaedic knowledge of the genre, and it wasn't just limited to traditional
styles, his taste was quite catholic. I saw the Tony Davis Band on several
occasions and created a web page for the
Tony Davis Band. It was through Tony's
programmes that I learned that Traditional Jazz was not something created by
Barber Ball & Bilk after all! I have lots of recordings of Tony's radio
programmes, which because of the hourly length wouldn't fit on a standard
cassette tape, so they are on video tape. I must get them on to a memory
stickbefore the VHS recorder goes the way of all other technology.
Barbara and I were honoured to be invited to attend
Beryl's Golden Wedding celebration on 27th August 2006. I was also
invited, but never did get to see, his enormous collection of jazz recordings
which he delighted in telling me about and how it was getting difficult to move
round his music room for them
RIP Tony, you did a tremendous amount of work not just for Traditional Jazz
but for the charity events mentioned by Terry Birkinhead.