Harry Price
18th September 1937- 24th Apr 2012

24/04/12 - "Very sad news regarding Harry Price. On Monday night (23rd April) Harry had a stroke and was taken to Bodelwyddan hospital where he died on Tuesday morning. Harry was a very fine trombonist playing with the River City Jazz Band, Dr Jazz and many other bands. The funeral will take place on Tuesday 8th May, at Colwyn Bay Crematorium, Bron y Nant Road, Mochdre, Conwy LL28 4YL. Service starts at 1:00pm. All musicians are welcome to play before and after the service - so please arrive early - We need to give Harry a good send off !".

Morris Jones

25/04/12 - "Re: Harry Price. This is terrible news. I was with the River City Jazz Band in Rhos On Sea only 2 days earlier with Harry and he was in very good form. We had a long chat in the breaks about his time with Merseysippi Jazz Band and the early days of the North West jazz scene. My condolences to his family". -

Jon Penn

26/04/12 - "I picked up Morris Jones's message to you this morning and I personally am deeply saddened. He was a great friend of the chaps in the Merseysippi and Terry Perry's Big Easy. He deputised for me many times with the Merseys - if fact he was a member for about a year when my predecessor, the late John Parkes was unwell, long before I got involved. Harry and I played together with Big Easy over a period of ten years or so. I'm sure I speak for all the chaps in those two bands when I send our heart-felt sympathy to his wife, Glenys and their family. I'm sure you will hear about funeral arrangements in due course. He and Glenys had lived in Deganwy, near Conwy for a number of years and he became very well known on the jazz scene in North Wales as well as Merseyside and the North West. He will be very much missed by everybody who knew him. Best Regards". -

Peter Fryer.

26/04/12 - "Dear Fred, I, with countless other Jazz followers in this part of the world, will miss Harry muchly. He was a delightful man, switching between a highly amusing retailer of anecdotes and a very serious practitioner of the trombonists art! His place in the several local band which he graced with his presence will be very difficult to fill. God Bless you Harry! Proud to have known you".

Tony J Davis.

26/04/12 - "Hi Fred, Just read about Harry Price. Never have expected that........ you never know the second. Known Harry for decades, belting guy, terrific trombonist, not just on the trad scene, but big band and more modern too.... it's still sinking in". -

Jeff Lewis

26/04/12 - "Hi Fred, It came as great shock to me and my fellow band members of the River City Jazz band to learn of our dear friend and fellow bandsman Harry Price's sudden passing. He was truly a magnificent trombone player and I know that I speak for all the band members when I say what a talented musician he was and an asset to any band. Our last gig together was as John Penn mentions, at Rhos on Sea last Saturday and it was a wonderful evening with the band swinging along in fine style. Harry was up to his usual high standard doing what he loved doing, playing his trombone for his, and the enjoyment of others. Our thoughts are with Glenys, David, Jane, Ty and Grandson Dillon, at this sad time". -

Charles Wilson


Dear Fred.  I would like to endorse the comments already received from Harry's admirers in the jazz world. I was deeply saddened and shocked to read Glenys's news of Harry's death. I have known Harry and Glenys for the past eleven years and become very fond of them, counting them among my closest friends. Harry was a consummate musician, giving joy through his playing to many over along period of time. Apart from his music I admired him for his depth of knowledge and intelligence and always enjoyed our conversations spattered with many anecdotes. I will miss you, Harry. My love and condolences to Glen, Jane, David, Ti and Dylan.

Margaret Booth


I was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of Harry Price. I've played with several times in recent years, usually with the River City and once or twice with Jazz Rag, and there was always a good rapport between us: he loved to play solo choruses with just the bass, and when we did that he lifted my playing no end. He was a truly inspiring musician and a warm-hearted, friendly companion. My condolences to his family.

Allan Wilcox


Hi Fred,

I too was upset to hear of Harry's passing earlier this week. He was such a generous man. He would take the "young me" back in the early 1980s to play at the Art Lester and Ronnie Moore bands, when I was too young to drive. Very often Glennys would feed me really well too before the gigs. The experiences he gave me then, and the recorded music he leant to me, have influenced my playing choices over the years. If only we could have played together one more time. My sincere condolences to Glennys, Jayne, David and the grandchildren.

Ian W Hunter


Just learned of the passing of a dear friend of mine, Harry Price (pictured playing with the Art Lester Big Band 30 years ago). Harry was the biggest single influence in my early musical career, taking me to jazz gigs all over the North West and putting my name forward to dep with some great Bands. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Glennys, David and Jane.

John Deakin


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