Gordon James Pettit, has sadly passed away.
music career spanning more than 60 years he played with many New
Orleans Jazz bands and well known names including:
Very sorry to hear that Gordon has passed away. For many years he and I worked in the same office building in Liverpool, and many times chatted about our mutual love of the music, he was indeed a very sympathetic drummer and it is really sad that yet another northwest jazz musician has now left us.
Please could you pass on the condolences of the Merseysippi to the family of the late Gordon Pettit, whom I have not seen for quite a few years since his time with Hughie Gerrard and New Orleans Express. I was introduced to him by the late Robin Tankard. Another member of the jazz fraternity has passed on.
I played in the NEW ORLEANS EXPRESS with Gordon for a number of years .It was some of the most fun filled years of my 42yrs playing. Gordon was an excellent New Orleans style drummer and also worked very well in a swing style trio with Laurie Renton on piano and myself. We played festivals all over Europe travelling in a van, with Gordon, Geoff Coates (banjo/guitars) and myself locked in the back. The beer was free flowing and the fun immense the jazz was pretty good as well.
I could write a book about the fun and indeed GEOFF COATES did. Rest in peace now Gordon you have been and always will be in my thoughts.
Very sad to hear that Gordon Pettit has passed away. As a drummer of similar genre our paths hardly crossed but I recall well the day I first heard Gordon play. I had, in my early twenties, "retired" from playing jazz of the “traditional” nature but the eventual frustration of seeing my kit languishing in the garage eventually led me to go to listen to bands in and around the Bolton area to where I had moved. At The Castle there was a weekly jazz session featuring different bands, one of which was Dave Donohoe’s Band. I really did enjoy Gordon’s style on that night and from then on vowed that, when I started to play again, I would want to play with New Orleans bands rather than go back to the “trad” I had cut my teeth on. I eventually followed Gordon into Hughie Gerrard’s tender bosom so thank you Gordon for both these things which influenced my life in the jazz world.
I first worked with Gordon In the seventies doing dep jobs with New Orleans Express. He joined the Dave Donohoe Band in the early eighties and we worked and travelled together for some 10-15 years. Gordon was a terrific drummer probably in the top ten on the European scene. I got to know Gordon’s family really well and express by deepest sympathy to Margaret, Matthew, Alison and Jackie.
great to see several of my Dads former band mates at his service
yesterday. Would have liked to have been able to spend a little
more time with you to swap stories and anecdotes.
Thank you Mal Horne, Brian Woods, Jim West and Gerry Owen.