Phil Barnett phoned me last night to say his dad George Barnett had passed away on the 15th May.. He hasnít been too well for a number of years and had stopped playing 10-15 years ago.
George was a founder member of the Savoy Jazzmen playing at our first gig in May 1960 at the Mardi Gras Liverpool. Sadly Marj his wife passed away April this year.
He played with a number of North West bands over the years.
Condolences to Phil and his family.
Iíve played with George quite a few times in the past, he was a very good clarinettist, lovely tone, and an admirer of Acker, I remember, as well as George Lewis. Canít go wrong with those inspirations. Condolences to Phil and family.
This is sad news indeed. I'm afraid I haven't seen George in more than thirty years, but back in the eighties I occasionally depped for Peter Swensson at the Savoy 's Monday evening residency it the Helsby Arms, and George and I always hit it off. He was a great clarinetist in a band full of real characters, and his partnership with the late Tommy Orrit on cornet made for a highly entertaining front-line double act. Helen joins me in sending condolences to his family.
Thanks for relaying this sad information Fred. I played with George in the Savoy jazz band for several years. He was a most competent Clarinet player and passionate about New Orleans jazz.
Very sorry to hear about George. He joined the Severnside Jazz Band based in Shrewsbury after the death of Norman Davies and held the clarinet chair for several years until Bill Basey took over. He was with us on a trip to the Isle of Bute Festival in the 1990's and was a an extremely accomplished musician and was inspired by Acker and George Lewis. I had not seen him for many years once he stopped playing.