Sebastian Scotney reports:
The much-admired drummer and educator Dave Wickins passed away last night.
We published appreciations of Dave from Liam Noble, Kirk Lightsey, Steve Watts, Simon Purcell and Buster Birch as a preview for a benefit gig when his battle against prostate cancer was in its early stages in 2016. HERE.
Simon Purcell said at the time: “For decades Dave has been a special presence in the UK jazz community through his long-term association with Kirk Lightsey, Liam Noble and Bobby Wellins. A major figure in UK jazz education, Dave regenerated the Barry Summer School and has established a deeply musical approach to the learning of the drum kit within formal jazz education. He’s also a great cook and has the best shuffle-beat I have played with (of course, learnt from his one-time mentor Philly-Joe Jones)!”
And one former pupil at Trinity Laban, New York-based drummer Douglas Marriner, wrote recently “Dave Wickins has one of the truly great touches on the instrument, ever. A master of the brushes. A life-changing teacher and generous mentor to generations of musicians in the UK.”
There was a Celebration of the Musical World of Dave Wickins at the Vortex in May, organised by Julian Nicholas and Buster Birch. (REPORT)
In this podcast interview from 2017 Dave Wickins talked to Sebastian about his “lessons” with Philly Joe Jones, and about playing with Bobby Wellins, Kirk Lightsey and Liam Noble