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Jack Parnell Memorial Service

 
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FleetingEileenM



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:45 am    Post subject: Jack Parnell Memorial Service Reply with quote

Yesterday I went to St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, for the service in memory of the great JP. The church was packed with jazz and big band fans, as well as members of the Parnell family.

There was a big band (conducted by Laurie Johnson) consisting of musos who had played with JP, including Roy Willox, Ronnie Hughes, Bill Geldard, Jimmy Hastings, Tony Fisher etc. Then there was a re-vamped “Best of British Jazz” sextet which JP used to play in, introduced by fellow-muso Roy Willox.

Barry Cryer was the MC, who, after hearing JP's 14 year old granddaughter playing the piano, said: “That brings home to me my own mortality, in fact I've stopped buying green bananas”.

A lovely occasion.
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Jack Parnell Memorial Service Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
Yesterday I went to St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, for the service in memory of the great JP. The church was packed with jazz and big band fans, as well as members of the Parnell family.

There was a big band (conducted by Laurie Johnson) consisting of musos who had played with JP, including Roy Willox, Ronnie Hughes, Bill Geldard, Jimmy Hastings, Tony Fisher etc. Then there was a re-vamped “Best of British Jazz” sextet which JP used to play in, introduced by fellow-muso Roy Willox.

Barry Cryer was the MC, who, after hearing JP's 14 year old granddaughter playing the piano, said: “That brings home to me my own mortality, in fact I've stopped buying green bananas”.

A lovely occasion.

Very Happy

Thanks for sharing that,Eileen...sounds as if he was given a lovely send off
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aviddiva



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:17 pm    Post subject: Jack Parnell memorial service Reply with quote

Sounds excellent! The makers of the Muppets TV series have a lot to thank him for.
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BDG



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again for sharing Eileen....it sounds as though had a really wonderful and lovely send off
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