05/11/19 - Clive Edwards has just heard from Shelley, that her husband Terry Perry died from a severe stroke yesterday, Monday 4th November at 12.35 midday. He will be greatly missed from the local jazz scene, had run the Big Easy band for many years and was clarinet and sax dep of choice for many bands. He was also an accomplished arranger and vocalist. The Big Easy made two CDs for us to remember him by and lots of love from jazz friends will be there to support Shelley.
Terry Perry was a gentle man in the true meaning of the word. I played with him on many occasions and he was a fine player and a pleasure to work with in small groups and his 'Big Easy' Band. RIP Terry.
I'm very shocked & saddened to hear that Terry is no longer with us. I've only known him for ten years or so but in that time I became a great admirer of his playing and musicianship. He will be much missed. Thanks for letting us know,
This is truly tragic news for Shelley and I am sure everybody involved with any type of music who had the pleasure of playing alongside him will give Shelley all possible support .
My kindest regards to Shelley.
Very sad news about Terry: He was a superb reed player, well respected in the North West and beyond: a great asset to all the bands he played in. We will miss his droll humour and inventive playing. Condolences to Shelley and family:
Jon and Kay Critchley
Very sad news. Another stalwart of Merseyside jazz gone from the scene. Deepest condolences to his family.
John C Dorgan
Very sorry to learn of Terry’s
death. I had known of him for a long time, although we only
played together (both depping) a few times. He was a fine
musician. I don’t know whether he was originally from the
Wirral, but as a born Wirralian (long since removed) I felt a
bond with him. My condolences to Shelley, a lovely lady – I
think we first met at the funeral of her brother Kerry, whom I
knew through Lymm Folk Club. I’m sure she would agree that the
music (jazz, folk, whatever) must go on.
05/11/19 - What a shock.
Terry was a fine musician and a real Gent . He will indeed be
very much missed, from all his many friends in the jazz world.
So sad to hear this news. He was an accomplished reeds player who performed with the Parade Jazzband many times. He will be greatly missed.
What a shock. Such an
excellent reed player. He has depped with the Savoy Jazzmen over
the years and was a true professional. He will be sorely missed.
Dear Fred, Sad news I played with Terry many times, he was a great musician, ex army like myself. My condolences to his family.
Regards - Colin Ball
So sorry to hear of the passing of Terry Perry. He was an extremely talented musician and will be missed by many. It was a pleasure playing in his Big Easy big band for all those years and I will always appreciate the help and encouragement he gave my son Phil when he was starting out in jazz.
It was with great sadness that I
heard last night of the passing of a great friend and musician,
namely Terry Perry. I am sure that I can speak for all the
members of the Merseysippi Jazz Band and former members of the
Big Easy band in our expressions of shock and sympathy for his
wife Shelley. He did much to promote jazz on Merseyside and he
will be very much missed by all who knew him.
My first response to this was Oh no! Not Terry! I never played in his Big Easy band, but as you say he was a very popular dep on reeds, and a favourite one with the Tuxedo band in Wallasey. When I re-started playing clarinet again a couple of years ago, Terry gave me a lot of encouragement and we started a little feature of clarinet duets into our Thursday night programmes at the Wallaseyans club, which happily have continued with the encouragement of our regular musician Gerry Owen. Terry was a lovely, unassuming man with such a sensitive approach to his music, he will be a serious loss to jazz. My condolences to Shelley and indeed to all, and there will be many, who are deeply affected by his passing.
So sorry to hear this sad news about Terry.
He was a fantastic musician and a wonderful role model for me in my early days in the world of jazz. I joined Terry’s Big Easy Big Band at fourteen years of age. This allowed me to begin learning jazz tunes and to start improvising in a positive and safe environment surrounded by many superb jazz players. Terry always offered great advice and was very encouraging. Indeed, he was always keen to give new players a chance and was keen to recruit youngsters into band. My 18 years in the Band were fantastic and I will always be grateful to Terry for the opportunity he gave me.
My thoughts and prayers are with
Shelly and the family at this time.
I am so
sorry to hear the news. I used to look forward to a gig with
Terry and will miss him greatly
Very sad to hear the news about Terry. I'd known him for many years but more especially after Terry founded Big Easy and asked me to join on piano. Throughout the nearly 20 years of the band, Terry was kind enough to tolerate my playing and anarchic comments with wit and good humour. Initially at the Victoria Hotel in New Brighton and in the latter years at the Melrose Hall in Hoylake, our monthly gigs attracted an enthusiastic and faithful following. But it was becoming more difficult to find deps and towards the end of 2018 Terry decided that the band's final gig would be in December, although he did intend to mark the band's 20th anniversary with a one off in November 2019. Sadly, because of ill health, this never took place. We'll all miss Terry's leadership and fine playing and the opportunity to be part of a different sort of jazz band. He was a true gentleman and Helen and I will miss him greatly. Our thoughts are with Terry's wife Shelley. The photos were taken at our final gig.
07/11/19 - Quite a shock to read of Terry’s
passing, enjoyed his playing for over twenty years.
Terry was a truly fine and
irreplaceable musician; he will be greatly missed. He was also a
very pleasant person with a great sense of humour. It has been a
pleasure and privilege to both play with him, and to listen to
I was upset to read about Terry Perry.I didn’t know him all that well apart from him depping with Jazz Rag which he did about 10 days before he died. Shelley sat with us, and was her usual dancing self. Thoughts are with her, and the family.
R.I.P Terry, Brenda Canty-Forrest
So sad to hear of the sad loss to
Shelley, his family and many friends who enjoyed his superb
musicianship. We heard him many times over the years – always a
So sad To hear Fred had passed away. I enjoyed playing with him, he was a true Gentleman of Jazz. One of the the brightest.lights of the North West music scene has gone out...
My sympathy to Shelley and his Family
Some twenty-odd years ago, when I was still living in the Netherlands, I was speaking on the telephone with Malcolm Hogarth, and he was raving about Terry Perry, a 'new' clarinetist who had appeared on the Merseyside scene. At first I imagined that Terry would be a jokey, clownish performer - something to do with his rhyming names (which have always amused me), but when I met and played alongside him a year or two later I knew that I couldn't have been more wrong. Terry did have a sense of humour, as is well attested among these tributes, but it was immediately obvious that he took his music very seriously indeed and was extremely knowledgeable about jazz of all kinds. I wish we had worked together more often. Apart from one-or-two outings with his Big Easy, I only had that privilege when he was depping with other bands I was also playing in, but those experiences were enough to leave me in no doubt that we have lost an expert clarinettist, saxophonist, vocalist and band-leader.
So sorry to here the the passing of Terry Perry. I played in his big band for a while and played along side him on many occasions with other bands. Condolences to Shelly his wife and family.
Stan & Glenys Williams
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R.I.P. Terry, that's awful news. Not seen him for a while, but always a thoroughly nice guy. Thoughts are with his family at this time.
RIP Terry, our deepest sympathy to the family, a sad loss. Could this image (at the top of this page) be passed on to Shelley in some way through closer contacts. Taken in Speke, Liverpool in May 2017 at a charity function.
David J Finney
So sorry to hear that. Terry was s great player and band leader. Condolences to his family and friends
Sad news RIP Terry.
I'm so sorry to hear this.
All a bit sudden.... still sinking in.:- Shock to hear about Terry Perry. I've not seen him for a number of years, but he was always a superb reed player and arranger, with the guts to start a big band playing his type of music. Please allow me to pass on condolences from all at Speakeasy Bootleg Band. He will be sadly missed.
This was a fitting tribute to a brilliant reeds player who was acknowledged by all who had the privilege to know him as a true ‘Gentleman of Jazz’.
A parade band of 18 musicians was led by Grand Marshall Peter Crowden from the cemetery gates to the chapel, and also played following the service. 7 other musicians were in attendance along with 200/300 friends who packed the chapel for the service in which moving tributes to Terry were paid by his family and in particular by his widow Shelley’
Later at the Devon Doorway restaurant in Heswall, various musicians joined in a much appreciated jam session. The huge crowd attending this funeral was an indication of the admiration and respect for this superb musician, who was such a lovely man.
02/12/19 - Today was the funeral
of my beloved husband, Terry Perry - and what a day it was! Jazz
musicians and brolly paraders gave of their all, helping to make
what is inevitably a sad occasion into a time of real
celebration - of Terry, of jazz music, of family, friends and
community. I hope you won't mind - via your website - passing
onto all concerned my heartfelt gratitude and that of our
extended family. It made me feel immensely proud to be part of
the North West Jazz community and I had so much positive
feedback from family and friends, saying how much they had
enjoyed the parade and the music, both at the Crematorium and at
the wake. I know that a number of musicians had gigs this
evening and that makes me all the more grateful that they were
prepared to give so much of their time and effort. Then there
were the musicians who weren't playing, but were there to pay
respects to Terry and I loved hearing their reminiscences about
him. A very Big Thank You to them.
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