Gary Crosby’s website carries the sad news that a hugely influential and much-loved figure in British jazz, bassist Coleridge Goode, passed away on Friday October 2nd at the age of 100. The full story, and details of a page where tributes and memories should be placed is HERE
In advance of a tribute which Gary Crosby organized for Coleridge Goode’s centenary on the South Bank last year, he wrote this very personal tribute for LondonJazz News. In sadness.
Sad news indeed. I enjoyed his company on the tennis courts in the late 70's, where he invited a lot of his West Indian friends and a mad Dane called Torben Ulrich.
I spent all my weekends at the old Marquee and saw Cole playing with Joe Harriots group what a band that was, Shake Keane,Cole Pat Smythe and Bobby Orr. The group played mostly Horace Silver but also a lot of “Freeform”. The Marquee was the place to be for modern jazz.
Cole was an amazing man with a happy ,kind nature and a superb musician with time for everyone. Although I lost touch over the years I followed his progress in the press.
He was one of those people whose generosity of spirit touched everyone who met him. I for one am grateful that I shared some time with him.
For those who want to find out more, Coleridge's revealing autobiography 'Bass Lines', which I co-authored, is available from Northway.