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RIP Bobby Wellins (1936-2016)

Bobby Wellins at the Cinnamon Club in Altrincham in May 2015
Photo credit and © William Ellis. All Rights Reserved

One of the most individual and affecting sounds in jazz is no more. Tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins,  a wonderful, witty story-teller in music and in words, passed away yesterday at the age of 80. We will have tributes later. Condolences to Isobel and the family. In sadness.

[UPDATE: TRIBUTES TO BOBBY WELLINS FROM MUSICIANS (published 31st October)]

William Ellis writes of the picture below: “Bobby liked this one. Back of Stan Tracey’s head on the left and Guy Barker in the background.”

Bobby Welllins at the Scarborough Jazz Festival
Photo credit and © William Ellis. All Rights Reserved

LINK: 80th birthday celebration report – at the 606 Club
Lover Man (played as a samba) filmed at a concert in Hove in 2013 with Kate Williams
Mad About the Boy in 2012 in Brighton with Mark Edwards, Andrew Cleyndert and Spike Wells

LINK UPDATES:

Alison Kerr’s obituary in the Herald
Clark Tracey’s tribute at Jazzviews
John Fordham’s Guardian obituary

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