Campbell Burnap  

I first met Campbell Burnap twenty-odd years ago when he was with Acker Bilk.  I was just beginning my tenure with the Ball band and not too familiar with the Dixieland coterie. 

Numerous gins and terrible jokes later, I felt as if we'd been life-long friends.  For some reason I remember the jokes more clearly than I remember the ensuing gig... 

I never subsequently found Campbell to be any different from that first encounter and, though our meetings were sporadic, they were always fun.

Of Scottish descent, Campbell was brought up in Derbyshire, then emigrated to New Zealand, where he first got serious about jazz.  A spell in Australia and a tour of the USA preceded his return to Britain, where he worked for a time with Terry Lightfoot and then Monty Sunshine, before the Antipodes lured him back across the world.

1970 found him once again in England, where he spent five years with Alan Elsdon's  band, followed by a period on the Continent - especially in Zuerich. 

At the start of the 'eighties, he joined Acker. Through the 'nineties and right up to his untimely death, he free- lanced, fronted his own extremely good quintet, presented a highly successful radio programme, worked as a member of John Barnes' Outswingers, which appears every year at Lords for the Test Matches, and made guest appearances.

It's not so long since he appeared with our local Sunlight Workshop Band in Gillingham, where he demonstrated his command of jazz styles well beyond the confines of the Dixieland school with which he is mostly associated.

Advised by doctors to cut short a recent working holiday in Australia, he continued to gig on his return to England, right up to four days before the end - and he was still telling jokes. Campbell is survived by his wife, Jenny.




Barry Cole Remembered

Canterbury born saxophonist , Barry Cole past away in December 2004after a long battle with asbestosis . He was 62.Barry studied at Leeds College of music, specialising in saxophone, composition and arranging. In the 70’s he led various jazz rock, and avant-garde  groups, and worked with such famous names as Tony Coe, Joe Harriott, Henry Lowther, and Ronnie Ross, to name but a few. He played at most of the London jazz  spots, and had several BBC broadcasts. His composing, and arranging skills were recognised with the West End production of the Al Jolsonn Review and the television series of Larry the Lamb, plus the many arrangements for Morrissy  Mullen, Jamie Talbot and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He also formed his own music publishing company, which had a chart hit with A Day Trip to Banger, by Fiddlers Dram. In between times he taught woodwind at Kent schools and founded the Music Teachers Association. In more recent times his playing took on a more mellow Stan Getz style. Often he was in the company of John Burch, Kenny Pyrke and Bobby Cleal.

Sadly he was booked to play in the Cellar Bar of the Central Theatre in January. Once again this is an anther great loss to Kent jazz


To me, Barry was the epitome of what a jazz musician should be----dedicated to jazz, a brilliant soloist, and an excellent teacher. He was always the musician whether coxing a smooth tone or delivering a blistering  solo  on one  of his up-tempo numbers.

I have had the pleasure of seeing in his teaching mode with the Su8nlight  Experience, helping, encouraging, and very approachable Even when playing with students, he played as if he was in a top London jazz club with solos I will never forget. He will be missed. A jazz musician who played from his soul.


Charlie Swan

Charlie Swan, It is with great sadness and a heavy hart I pen this letter to Jazz News. So many of your readers will have heard that the news that our dear Charlie Swan passed away on the 18th of June.  One of the finest piano players in his field of  endeavour. Charlie  Swan my close friend for over 45 years or more my mentor in the music world he taugh me so much.

We worked together in all sorts of bands over the years  I was so very lucky ---Lucky again when he became my permanent pianist for the last 25 years.

Charlie could adapt to playing anything required from Bach to Boogie as the saying goes. Dance backing variety shows, cabaret, but of cause his forte was as one of the finest jazz pianists in Kent.

We were lucky to have his endevours. He will be missed by so many in and out the music scene in my humble opinion the greatest loss we have had to endure.

Charlie  has played with the best- professionals and semi professional in the jazz world. He was for many years a stalwart in the piano chair with Brian Jener Band while it reigned supreme at the Pavillion in Gillingham.

 He taught pianokey board at schools  played organ for his church when a young man. So much to be told  one would require all the pages of Jazznews to relate so many stories. Charlie was much loved and highly respected as a first class musician  and as a person. Highlighting  all others as who took the stage with him ---and what a nice man 

God bess you Charlie


Donn Barcott   

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